Queensland will celebrate World Teachers’ Day this year on Friday, 29 October with school communities across the state encouraged to #ThankQldTeachers.
With the South-East Queensland Ekka public holiday now falling on Friday 29 October 2021, school communities in the Brisbane, Moreton Bay and Scenic Rim local government areas are encouraged to celebrate the day locally on Thursday 28 October 2021.
Making a difference
IEU-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said World Teachers’ Day was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and thank teachers for their important role in our communities and for the positive impact they have on the lives of students.
“This year we say thank you on World Teachers’ Day to highlight the importance of the community’s acknowledgement and appreciate for the professionalism and dedicated shown by our teachers across the state,” Mr Burke said.
“For IEU members the day is about remembering why they have chosen their profession and the role they play in inspiring and nurturing our future generations.
“It’s also a day where we acknowledge that part of our professional practice is being a union member,” he said.
Public recognition increasing
“Since the pandemic began, teachers and their fellow school staff have met the challenges and worked on the frontlines to maintain quality education of their students,” Mr Burke said.
“Their dedication and unique role in our communities has never been more important and it is heartening to see recent reports of major increases in the public recognition of teachers,” he said.
A recent Monash University study found the importance and influence of teachers in developing students’ social and emotional development continues to be recognised by parents and the wider community.
World Teachers’ Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries and was established in 1994 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as an occasion to highlight the essential value of teachers in society and give thanks to them.
Visit www.worldteachersday.com.au for more on World Teachers’ Day celebrations this year.