What is Teachers' Day and how is it being celebrated in 2020?

TEACHERS are the lifeblood of schools and a child's education, helping them to find their way in the world.

Alongside parents and family, teachers are among the most important people in a youngster's life – and to say thank you, the world celebrates their work on October 5 every year, with Google Doodle also joining in in 2020.

What is World Teachers' Day?

More than 100 countries around the world celebrates Teachers' Day on October 5, including the UK.

It was established in 1994 to commemorate the 1966 signing of UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.

This looks to help address the standards set with regards to teachers surrounding education personnel policy, recruitment, training, personal development and working conditions.

Each year, UNESCO – an agency of the United Nations aimed at promoting world piece and security – set a theme every year, with 2020's being "Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future".

How will World Teachers' Day 2020 be celebrated?

With the coronavirus pandemic still wreaking havoc across the world, the celebrations for World Teachers' Day will be held virtually.

Yet, it is not just Monday, October 5 that will be celebrated as it will begin a seven-day programme that is focussing on finding innovative ways of using technology to benefit teachers in their own development and mentoring skills during the covid outbreak.

UNESCO said in a statement: "The issue of teacher leadership in relation to crisis responses is not just timely, but critical in terms of the contributions teachers have made to provide remote learning, support vulnerable populations, reopen schools, and ensure that learning gaps have been mitigated.

"The discussions surrounding WTD [World Teachers' Day] will also address the role of teachers in building resilience and shaping the future of education and the teaching profession."

The week-long celebration will begin with an opening ceremony, which includes the Hamdan Prize – awarded every two years.

This will see three winners collect £77,320 ($100,000) each for their projects that aim to improve the performance and effectiveness of teachers worldwide.

It all ends on October 12 with a joint World Teachers' Day and Mobile Learning Week session.

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