Thursday, 12 September 2002 (5/2002)
Commemorative Issue: World Teachers Day
After a decision reached in 1991 at the 26th General UNESCO conference the "International Teachers' Day" is celebrated every year on 5 October with various events held in educational establishments, universities, parliaments etc. This decision was officially taken in 1994 at the World Geneva Conference to promote the essential role of teachers in society so that the establishment of the International Teacher' Day would contribute in enhancing the appreciation of the public towards teachers who, as stressed in the declaration of this Conference, "hold in their hands the mould of future." October the 5th was chosen because on that day in 1966 the "recommendation concerning the status of teachers" as passed by an intergovernmental conference convened by UNESCO in cooperation with the International Labour Organization. This recommendation defined 146 guidelines for the practice to be followed in the adoption of policies, plans, legislation, decision making mechanisms on matters concerning teachers. As stressed by the relevant Committee monitoring the application of this recommendation in today's rapidly changing world, neither the advancement of science nor technology may replace human relations among with the relation between teachers and children is one of the most important.