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The Right to Educate

“The right to educate means the right to a qualified teacher”, this theme was chosen to mark the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights (1948) where education is recognized as a key fundamental right.  A right that cannot be fulfilled without teachers, trained and qualified teachers are fundamental to the right to education. Held annually on 5th October every year since 1994, World Teacher’s Day commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO recommending the status of teachers which sets benchmarks regarding the right and responsibilities of teachers and standards relating to education personnel policy, recruitment, initial training among others. World teacher’s Day aims to focus on appreciating, assessing and improving educators of the ‘world’ and to provide an opportunity to consider issues related to teachers and teaching. With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education, and the dedicated target recognizing teachers as a key to the achievement of the education 2030 agenda, WTD has become the occasion to progress and reflect on ways to counter the remaining challenges for the promotion of the teaching profession.