About – World Teachers’ Day 2019

World Teachers' Day 2019

Held annually on 5 October since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. This Recommendation sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions. The Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel was adopted in 1997 to complement the 1966 Recommendation by covering teaching and research personnel in higher education.

With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education, and the dedicated target (SDG 4.c) recognizing teachers as key to the achievement of the Education 2030 agenda, WTD has become the occasion to mark progress and reflect on ways to counter the remaining challenges for the promotion of the teaching profession.

World Teachers’ Day is co-convened in partnership with UNICEF, UNDP, the International Labour Organization, and Education International.


In 2019, World Teachers’ Day celebrated teachers with the theme, “Young Teachers: The future of the Profession.” The day provided the occasion to celebrate the Young teachers in the teaching profession worldwide, to take stock of achievements, and to address some of the issues central for attracting and keeping the brightest minds and young talents in the profession.

UNATU’s official celebration will took place  on Saturday, 5th October, Kamuli Youth Center, Kamuli district, Uganda  in collaboration with the convening partners, including Workers MPS, UNESCO, NOTU, COFTU, Religious Leaders, Ministry of Education Officials with other partners and stakeholders. The Chief Guest was The Speaker of Parliament The Rt. Hon. Rebbeca Kadaga, who also launched the National Teacher Policy.