World Teachers’ Day 2011: Teachers for gender equality

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!

For the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), a specialized United Nations agency whose ambitious goal: to build peace in the minds of human beings through education, World Teachers’ Day, was held annually on 5 October since 1994, commemorates the anniversary of the signing in 1966 of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers. It is an occasion to celebrate the essential role of teachers in providing quality education at all levels. Their slogan for World Teachers’ Day 2011 is: Teachers for gender equality which focuses on gender equality. This special event will be held on October 5, 2011 at 09:00 AM local time and will end at about 08:00 PM local time in UNESCO Headquarters, 125 avenue de Suffren, Paris, France with the theme “Gender Equality, Teacher Education”.

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).

It was also stipulated in the memo that all schools and DepEd Offices are required to post streamers to ensure that the communities are aware of the TMC and WTD celebrations. Please see the official slogan designs below.
The said design may also be acquired thru electronic copies by accessing it from CSCA website: or by or, or by providing the CSCA with email addresses of the requesting DepEd offices or schools.

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.

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Source: DepEd Official Website