Since 1994 World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on 5 October. It is an opportunity for UNESCO and Education International to celebrate the profession and to promote international standards for the teaching profession. The theme for this year is: Teachers for gender equality.
Despite the teaching profession being made up largely of women, inequality remains an issue. Even if measures to ensure equality are enshrined into the policies and constitutions of many states, for millions of female teachers, the goals remain unfulfilled. The teaching profession, both men and women, must unite and urge governments to implement their commitments. Let’s move from words to action: WTD is your day!
By Presidential Proclamation No. 479 to honor more than 500,000 teachers nationwide. However, in the Philippines Teachers’ Day is actually celebrated in schools between the months of September and October (mainly elementary and secondary levels). Teachers are presented with orchid corsages by students. Groups of students representing various grade levels perform short skits or song and dance numbers, or read poetry for their teachers in front of fellow schoolmates in school-wide activities. These activities are planned by senior students in the Student Council who coordinate the activities well in advance.
The Department of Education (DepEd) this year will celebrate the Teacher’s Month Campaign (TMC) during the whole month of September. It will culminate on October 5, 2011 which is the World Teacher’s Day (WTD). The theme of this celebration is “My Teacher, My Hero” (excerpt from DepEd Memo No. 168, s. of 2011).
For the TMC and WTD synchronized programs, projects and activities and the full content of DepEd Memo No. 168, s. of 2011, you may download it here. For a poem related to this year’s theme, you may follow my previous posthere.
- DepEd Memo No. 184 s.2011 – MY SCHOOL HOUSE, MY TEACHER, MY HERO SEARCH
- DepEd Memo No. 193 s.2011 – 2011 TEACHERS’ MONTH CAMPAIGN AND WORLD TEACHER’S DAY NATIONWIDE VIDEO AND POSTER-MAKING CONTEST
- DepEd Advisory No. 439 s.2011 – WORLD TEACHERS MONTH CELEBRATION
- DepEd Advisory No. 473 s.2011 – “GO TEACHER, GO!”
- DepEd No. 481 s.2011 – WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY CAMPAIGN OF THE ALLIANCE OF CONCERNED TEACHERS (ACT)-PHILIPPINES
Source: DepEd Official Website