A celebration of strength and resilience this World Teachers’ Day

Happy Teachers Day 2021

Almost everybody has a favorite teacher,

someone who went above and beyond to encourage you because they could see your potential. On October 5, take time to celebrate World Teachers’ Day — a global event launched by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1994.


  1. Surprise your teacher with a giftKids can show their appreciation by giving their teacher a heartfelt “thank you” card, surprising them with homemade crafts or drawings, or by writing a poem of admiration.
  2. Make teachers feel specialParents love teachers, too! Show just how much on World Teachers’ Day. Collaborate with your local PTA to set up a raffle with gift cards, coffee mugs and other prizes. Provide coffee and donuts or ask parents to set up a potluck breakfast for teachers before the school day begins.
  3. Give teachers the royal treatmentBeing a teacher can be stressful, exhausting and frustrating. On World Teachers’ Day, school administrations should pamper their teachers. Having lunch catered or surprising teachers with a 10-minute massage are great ways to let teachers know that their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. If October 5 falls on a weekend, celebrate on the Friday before or the Monday after.


  1. Confucius was the First TeacherHistorically, Confucius is considered to be the first private teacher in history.
  2. Education for allAccording to UNESCO, the world needs 69 million teachers in order to achieve the goal of providing universal primary and secondary education by 2030.
  3. The number of African educators are dwindling on the continentSub-Saharan Africa is the area facing the greatest deficit of teachers.
  4. Teaching standards are plummetingAccording to UNESCO, less than 75% of teachers in one-third of the world’s countries only meet the minimum teacher training standards.
  5. Learning proficiency is down6 out of 10 children worldwide—a total of 617 million—do not meet the minimum requirements for competency in mathematics and reading.