Teachers & Students Mark World Teachers' Day with UNESCO

UNESCO Islamabad marked World Teacher's Day today, with a slogan, "Take a stand for teachers!". During the events organized in Islamabad, Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar, UNESCO urged the government and society to stand and support teachers for their continuous development, professional competencies and lifelong learning, bringing social, economic and intellectual development to the nation.
The slogan of "Take a stand for teachers" reminds us of our collective responsibility to recognize and appreciate the role and contribution of teachers to shape our society and social dynamism, said Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, Director/ Representative of UNESCO, Islamabad during an event organized in Islamabad at a local college, where head of UNICEF, Mr. Dan Rohrman, and Ms. Margaret Reade, Deputy Head of ILO were also present along with dignitaries from Federal Ministry of Education and Professional and Technical , and Capital Administration Authority ( CAD) officials. Representatives of teacher's unions, formal education teachers as well as non-formal education teachers also attended the event. Paying homage to teachers Ms. Nagata while addressing to teachers and educationists said, "teachers must be rewarded and compensated properly for their hard work, and as UNESCO we affirm our role in supporting and advocating for teacher's status enshrined in the ILO/ UNESCO Recommendations of 1966 and 1997 concerning the Status of Teachers".

Talking on the occasion, Mr. Dan Rohrman, Director UNICEF said, "Teachers in Pakistan deserve our respect and gratitude. Each day 1.3 million Pakistani teachers travel long distances to teacher 3.7 million students in government schools (be it primary, secondary of high schools)". Resonating with the sentiments of Mr. Rohrman, Representative of ILO, Margaret Reade, added that we need to be aware, to be educated and to learn to understand and grow into the kind of people that can access and promote decent work.

Director UNESCO and UNICEF both stressed on the need of realizing the Fundamental Right of all Pakistani Children to Free and Compulsory Education, as guaranteed in Article 25-A of the 18th Amendment of Constitution of Pakistan, for which trained and professional teachers is a pre-requisite.

During the whole day's events organized in different cities local educationists, policymakers, stakeholders and community leaders gathered on this forum to affirm the need of having professionally trained and motivated teachers, they stressed the need of enacting provincial acts on the article 25-A of free and compulsory education in provinces, once Islamabad has already taken a step by passing the bill in senate.

In continuation to the activities organized to pay due credit to the teachers, UNESCO also organized a Walk where a large number of students and teachers were present to converge government's focus towards betterment of teacher's status. The events aimed at bringing nation's attention towards the great respect the teachers deserve to enlighten our nation's future.

UNESCO as a specialized UN agency is geared to bring Education For All in Pakistan supporting government and people of the nation build an educated and intellectual future for coming generations.

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