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Support our teachers in October

I love my teacherWhen: October 5

What: Teachers and education systems around the world are facing mounting challenges in resources, qualifications and technology, so take time to support educators this Oct. 5 on World Teachers’ Day.

Background: World Teachers’ Day was established in 1994 by UNESCO to promote issues facing teachers and teacher organizations around the world, and to ensure that future generations have their education needs met.

Story Pitch: World Teachers’ Day focuses on promoting the exceptional work of teachers and what can be done to support their work and increase the quality of the education provided. Teacher’s organizations, education technology groups and governments will want to take this day to spread awareness. Teacher organizations can focus on the issues that face educators in their region and what they’re doing to meet them, as well as what further support is needed from communities and governments. Governments and child welfare groups may consider partnering with teachers’ groups to hold town hall meetings, promote advances and challenges that have been overcome, and also raise funds by highlighting the important work that teachers and schools do, especially in underserved regions. Education technology companies will want to focus on specific ways their products have helped teachers and students overcome unique challenges, while also promoting the newest tech available.

Story Hook: Teachers and the community of Ferguson, Missouri have volunteered time and resources to educate the town’s children during school closures. The closures are the result of mass riots happening in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old killed by a policeman two weeks ago. What are other examples of teachers and communities going above and beyond to educate? Keep the following in mind while making your pitch:

  • How do standards like Common Core and No Child Left Behind affect teachers?
  • What specific challenges face teachers in developing nations?
  • What is causing global teacher shortages?
  • What are the unique challenges posed by adult education?

Tips: Provide contact information for an experienced teacher or organizer who advocates for teachers. Parents are also good resources to talk about their experiences with their childrens’ teachers.


NAFSA: Association of International Educators
(202) 737-3699

National Education Association
(202) 833-4000

World Teachers’ Day

United States Department of Education
(800) 872-5327

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