Taking the lead: Teachers around the globe come together to mark World Teachers' Day 2020

published 16 September 2020 updated 18 September 2020

On October 5th – World Teachers' Day 2020 – Education International is hosting the biggest online meeting of teachers in history. After a year marred by disruption and crises, the 24-hour live event will give teachers everywhere the opportunity to come together, celebrate their achievements and mobilise to ensure the world addresses the issues the pandemic made painfully clear.

Teacher leadership through crisis

2020 has been one of the most challenging years in recent history. With over 90% of the global student population out of school at the height of the pandemic, education has been severely impacted by the spread of Covid-19.

During these trying times, teachers everywhere mobilised and rose to the enormous challenge at hand. Working together to find solutions for remote teaching and learning, distributing meals, books and even internet connections, teachers have gone above and beyond to ensure that education continues. They have played a vital role in guiding their students and communities through this unprecedented crisis.

David Edwards, Education International General Secretary, stated: “Teachers have been absolutely outstanding during these incredibly hard times. Now is the time to stand together because together we have the power to effect real change in the world. We are the teaching and learning profession. If the world is to learn the lessons of the pandemic, teachers must take the lead. On October 5th we are getting started.”

Local, regional and global perspectives

The Education International World Teachers' Day event will feature segments highlighting the specific priorities of teachers and their unions in Asia Pacific, Africa, the Arab countries, Europe, Latin America, North America and the Caribbean. The broadcast will also include global dialogues and interventions from key actors shaping the education sector, including United Nations officials, Ministers of Education and Presidents.

The event will start in the morning of October 5th in Asia Pacific and will wrap up 24 hours later in North America and the Caribbean.

Registrations are open at www.5oct.org.