Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn October 5, 1994, the United Nations first celebrated World Teachers Day. World Teachers Day recognizes that teachers are the “most powerful force for equity and access to quality education” worldwide.There is a shortage of well-trained, well-supported teachers around the world. This teaching crisis impedes universal primary education (UPE), one of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and an ideal measurement of basic education. Teacher shortages impact the developing world, especially nations in sub-Saharan Africa and the “Arab States,” which stretch from the Maghreb to the Indian Ocean.Events to honor World Teachers Day involve teachers, students, and communities. In Chicago, Illinois, a forum will help articulate ideas for how teachers and other educators influence—and are influenced by—their communities. A conference in New Delhi, India, will focus on how universities can reform their curriculum to better prepare students for jobs after college. In Dhaka, Bangladesh, a theater festival will use a Bangladeshi play about the ancient Greek educator Socrates to honor teachers and the teaching profession. “Around the World in One Teachers’ Day” is the theme for a celebration in Koronadal, Philippines.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry access Noun
ability to use.
to clearly and logically explain a thought or pattern.
to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.
meeting for discussion.
event or situation leading to dramatic change.
classes or courses of study offered by a school or a specific school program.
developing world Noun
nations with low per-capita income, little infrastructure, and a small middle class.
fairness or impartiality.
meeting or assembly for the open discussion of ideas.
to influence or have an effect on something.
to interfere or slow down.
to encourage or persuade a person or organization to act a certain way.
region in North Africa made of five countries: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Mauritania.
process of determining length, width, mass (weight), volume, distance or some other quality or size.
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Plural Noun
set of eight goals agreed to by all members of the United Nations, concerning improving the quality of life in the developing world.
political unit made of people who share a common territory.
Encyclopedic Entry: nation philosopher Noun
person who studies knowledge and the way people use it.
to identify or acknowledge.
reform noun, verb
change or improvement of a policy or process.
having to do with country life, or areas with few residents.
scarcity or lack.
sub-Saharan Africa Noun
geographic region located south of the Sahara Desert in Africa.
building or outdoor space for hosting performances.
United Nations Noun
international organization that works for peace, security and cooperation.
(universal primary education) second of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals, seeking to "ensure that by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling."
having to do with city life.