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World Teachers' Day - October 5

Almost everybody has a favorite teacher, someone who went above and beyond to encourage you because they could see your potential. On October 5, take time to celebrate World Teachers’ Day — a global event launched by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1994.


  1. Confucius was the First Teacher

    Historically, Confucius is considered to be the first private teacher in history.

  2. Education for all

    According to UNESCO, the world needs 69 million teachers in order to achieve the goal of providing universal primary and secondary education by 2030.

  3. The number of African educators are dwindling on the continent

    Sub-Saharan Africa is the area facing the greatest deficit of teachers.

  4. Teaching standards are plummeting

    According to UNESCO, less than 75% of teachers in one-third of the world’s countries only meet the minimum teacher training standards.

  5. Learning proficiency is down

    6 out of 10 children worldwide—a total of 617 million—do not meet the minimum requirements for competency in mathematics and reading.

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