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World Teachers' Day 2020

Since 1994, World Teachers’ Day has been celebrated annually on October 5th. This celebration draws attention to the contributions of teachers in educating their communities and developing a more inclusive and sustainable society.

In 2020, World Teachers’ Day will focus on the theme “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”. The day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, take stock of achievements, and draw attention to the voices of teachers, who are at the heart of efforts to attain the global education target of leaving no one behind.

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly added to the challenges faced by already over-extended education systems throughout the world. It is no exaggeration to say that the world is at a crossroads and, now more than ever, we must work with teachers to protect the right to education and guide it into the unfolding landscape brought about by the pandemic.


UNESCO’s World Teachers’ Day activities

This year, in view of the current situation, the celebrations will take place online. As well as the WTD Opening Ceremony and UNESCO-Hamdan Prize Awards Ceremony on 5 October, and the Closing Ceremony on 12 October, there will be a series of national, regional and global events throughout the week.

UNESCO will host a webinar on the Industry Experience of TVET Teachers in Times of Crisis on 8 October at 14:00-15:30 (CET).This webinar is jointly organized by OECD and UNESCO in collaboration with World Bank, ETF and ILO. It will highlight the status, challenges and feasible solutions for TVET teachers and teaching in times of crisis from the perspectives of various stakeholders. Register here

More information and the detailed agenda can be accessed here.


Insights from the UNEVOC Network

Dr Ifeoma Akeredolu, UNEVOC Centre Coordinator

Yaba College of Technology, Nigeria


One necessary skill for the future is resilience. A teacher can only support students to build resilience by being a model of resilience themselves. Students should be encouraged to have a sense of meaning and purpose, to build positive relationships, and engage in collaborative activities with their peers.


Alejandra Gardiazabal, Fashion Design Teacher

Duoc UC, Chile

If there's one thing the pandemic has taught us, it's that we're all connected. Our actions influence the lives of others, for better or for worse, and when we realize that, the responsibility each of us has to society becomes even more apparent.


Mariachiara Gomaraschi, Teacher

Cometa Formazione, Italy

Though I think we were forced to change, I do believe we also gained some structured methods from this situation, and in a sense, opened ourselves to new and effective teaching methods and learning tools.


Zhang Ying, Teacher

Zhejiang Institute of Economics, China

The future of education, in my opinion, is sure to be reshaped by COVID-19 towards a more digitalized trajectory. But Internet and AI technology will never replace human beings in terms of empathetic intelligence.


Raja Mahmoud Hussein Ababneh, Trainer

Vocational Training Corporation, Jordan

The repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic have cast a shadow over the whole world. Among them, the education and vocational training sector.


The future of TVET teaching

Global disruptions – including climate change, digitalization, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, demographic change and migration – are having an unprecedented impact on our lives, the world of work and the world of learning. The resulting transformations, especially the emergence of new job roles, call for learners to continuously upgrade their knowledge, skills and competences to remain relevant in a rapidly changing labour market. These shifts in turn are changing not only the content and format TVET programmes, but also TVET teaching and training methods (both theoretical and practical).

Ongoing reforms have resulted in an expansion of support mechanisms for TVET teaching staff in many countries, specifically concerning new pedagogies, curricula and use of new technologies. However, given the sheer scale and speed of labour market shifts, training providers are often unable to keep pace or to offer holistic competencies that are future-oriented. Moreover, TVET teachers and trainers have to be motivated to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to remain current with sectoral and methodological changes.

In recent years, both topics – the future of work and the future of learning – have been widely researched and debated in the context of global disruptions. However, the implications of global disruptions for the future of TVET teaching and learning are yet to be fully unpacked, understood and synthesized into an actionable framework. There continues to be a lack of evidence on and insight into how TVET teaching and learning can be better organized and TVET teaching staff better supported to deliver the skills demanded in a rapidly changing and increasingly complex labour market. As a first step to developing an actionable framework for improving TVET responsiveness to future skills needs through capacity development of TVET staff, UNESCO-UNEVOC commissioned a study to identify trends shaping the future of TVET teaching and learning.


Trends mapping - Future of TVET teaching

The following report presents the results of the trends mapping study on the future of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) teaching, conducted by UNESCO-UNEVOC. The study aimed to engage the international TVET community to: (i) im ...

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