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For Immediate Release
October 3, 2017


St. John’s, NL… World Teachers’ Day is October 5 and this year’s theme is Addressing Violence, Building Respect/Contre la violence, pour le respect and was selected by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) because of a growing concern expressed by its member organizations about violence in schools.

“This year for World Teachers’ Day we want to recognize teachers worldwide who work on behalf of students and children to ensure a safe and caring environment for all,” says Dean Ingram, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association. “Throughout Canada and the world many teachers and students go to school fearing they will be the next victims of threats, bullying and violence. This is unacceptable”.

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);