October 5: World Teachers’ Day

The theme for World Teachers’ Day 2023:

The teachers we need for the education we want: The global imperative to reverse the teacher shortage.”

Every year, World Teachers’ Day on October 5 reminds us how vital the role of teachers is for quality education for all.

It commemorates the 1966 signing of the International Labour Organization (ILO)-United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers setting international standards for treating teachers, including recruitment, training, continuing education, and labour conditions.

Nowadays, the circumstances are challenging for teachers all over the world. For this reason, UNESCO and Education International have declared the theme for this year: “The Teachers We Need for the Education We Want: The Global Imperative to Reverse the Teacher Shortage.” 


  • 55% of teachers now expect to leave the profession earlier than they had planned,
  • 35% expect to quit in the next two years,
  • 78% of educators say that low pay is a serious issue,
  • 84% of teachers spend their own money on basic classroom supplies 
  • 45% of teachers say they do not feel respected by the public 
  • 42% of teachers said their teaching suffered due to the state of their mental health. 
  • Only 10% of teachers would strongly recommend the profession to a young adult.  

However, the role of teacher is still essential, as:

  • The average teacher affects over 3,000 students during their career.
  • 54% of students say a teacher has helped them in a difficult situation.
  • 75% of students say teachers are mentors and role models.
  • 83% of students say a teacher has boosted their self-esteem and confidence.
  • 79% of students say a teacher has encouraged them to follow their dreams. 

Now is the time to recognize the contribution of teachers, as they play a significant role in the future generation of society.

Now is the time to reimagine education and achieve our goals for equal access to all.

As Broken Chalk, we believe teachers should work with their students on this important day. Teachers have dedicated themselves to their work and continue to educate people, contributing to society and humanity wherever they live. Unfortunately, some are no longer with us due to poor government practices, armed groups, and mass shootings. We advocate the rights of teachers through the national and international judiciary and wish to draw the attention of governments, stakeholders, non-governmental organizations, and human rights defenders in the fight against the human rights violations educators face.

We wish all the teachers in the world a happy World Teachers’ Day!

Broken Chalk announces it to the public with due respect.

Signed by

Broken Chalk

Educators of Excellence https://e4e.org/sites/default/files/2022voicesfromtheclassroom_digital.pdf

Adopt a Classroom https://www.adoptaclassroom.org/2023/06/07/do-teachers-need-to-buy-their-own-supplies-in-2023/?gclid=CjwKCAjwv8qkBhAnEiwAkY-ahrbGH-yYT-XWm_8SCbC8n-CFl7jJOrBQmrsz2sKIp1bTG4TIwlA50RoChoAQAvD_BwE

Education Week https://www.edweek.org/teaching-learning/teachers-are-stressed-and-disrespected-but-happier-than-last-year-7-takeaways-from-new-poll/2023/05

Education Week https://www.edweek.org/teaching-learning/teachers-are-stressed-and-disrespected-but-happier-than-last-year-7-takeaways-from-new-poll/2023/05

MDR Education https://mdreducation.com/reports/educator-perspectives-2022/



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