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Empower teachers and promote their status for quality education: UNESCO on World Teachers' Day
This year, the UNESCO-coordinated World Teachers' Day is being celebrated today, October 5, under the theme "Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers" in tune with the aim of Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) to commit to teacher empowerment as a top priority in all education and development strategies.

According to UNESCO, the World Teachers' Day is held annually since 1994 to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers. As per the data of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, the world needs 69 Million teachers if we are to achieve universal primary and secondary education by 2030.

"With the adoption of SDG 4 on education, and the dedicated target 4.c recognizing teachers as key to the achievement of the 2030 Education Agenda, it has become the occasion to mark achievements and reflect on ways to counter the remaining challenges for the promotion of the teaching profession, like the acute shortage of teachers," states UNESCO.

The attention has been drawn to the UNESCO/ILO recommendation concerning the' Status of Teachers'  sets forth the rights and responsibilities of teachers as well as international standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, teaching and learning conditions.

UNESCO/ ILO Recommendation are needed to be considered as an important set of guidelines to promote teachers' status in the interest of quality education. These recommendation gain significance  in India at the time when its Right to Education Act is being debated for an amendment.

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