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For Immediate Release
October 5, 2016


St. John’s, NL… World Teachers’ Day is today, October 5 and this year’s event marks the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the ILO/UNESCO Recommendation on the Status of Teachers. The Recommendation’s purpose to improve the professional status and working conditions of teachers is more urgent than ever. The 2016 Global Theme is Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status/Valorisons les enseignant(e)s, améliorons leur statut professionnel.

“This year for World Teachers’ Day we want to recognize all teachers worldwide who work on behalf of students and children,” says James Dinn, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association. “We must support teachers everywhere and value their work. In particular, we want to recognize the work of Newfoundland and Labrador teachers in changing the lives of their students and acknowledge their dedication in delivering a quality education to children.”

Teachers in Newfoundland and Labrador will join more than 30 million of their colleagues around the globe marking World Teachers’ Day. In 1994 the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated October 5 World Teachers’ Day at the 44th Session of the International Conference on Education in Geneva. The date coincides with the anniversary of the adoption in 1966 of the Recommendations concerning the Status of Teachers. In adopting the UNESCO recommendation, governments around the world unanimously recognized the need and importance for society to have competent, qualified and motivated teachers.

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For further information contact:
Lesley-Ann Browne, NLTA Communications, Tel: 709-726-3223, ext. 228; 682-3751 (cellular);