World Teachers' Day, celebrated on Oct. 5, is a great opportunity to show teachers in the Atlanta Public Schools, including at Grady High, Inman Middle, and Springdale Park and Centennial Place elementary schools, how great you think they are. But, the day also takes on a deeper meaning, standing for the protection of teachers' rights.
Since its inception in 1994, World Teachers' Day has had a theme every year. The theme for 2012 is “Take a stand for teachers.”
This day was founded by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Its aim is to educate the public about the conditions of being a teacher around the world, focusing specifically on the protection of teachers' rights, and the proper training, development and status raising of teachers.
UNESCO’s partners in this effort are the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Development Programme, Education International and UNICEF.
Everyone has an educator who has changed his or her life with their kindness, humor or educational impact.
On World Teachers' Day, we can remember them by looking at issues and obstacles they may face, knowing that the brightest and most motivated teachers need to be continually attracted to a profession whose status continually needs improvement socially and monetarily.
How can you recognize your favorite teacher in honor of World Teachers’ Day? At Grady High School, you might consider volunteering for the upcoming Teacher Appreciation Breakfast at the school on Monday, Oct. 15.
Join the Grady Teacher Parent Association in serving breakfast to the much-appreciated educators at GHS. Can’t find the time that day? No worry as you can also donate breakfast food treats, and of course, classroom school supplies are always welcome.
To sign up, go here and click on the tab above that reads: "Find a Sign Up." You will be directed to enter the email address of the Sign Up List's Creator. Enter: firstname.lastname@example.org. You will then be able to view the Sign Up list for "Teacher Appreciation."
More than 100 countries currently observe World Teachers' Day, with many corporate supporters such as Google recognizing the global impact and conditions of teachers.
TELL US: How will you celebrate World Teachers' Day? Give your favorite teachers a shout out in the comments section below.