In his seminal text "Pedagogy of the Oppressed", Brazilian scholar Paulo Freire writes, “Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.” I believe this encapsulates education’s transformative power. It is only through dialogue and critical thinking that meaningful learning can be realised. This has far-reaching consequences for our societies and here, teachers lead the way.
In this World Teachers Day, we must come together and pay tribute to teachers across the world who yesterday, today and tomorrow will continue to be restless agents of change, central to the pursuit of the right to education for all, through their efforts in ensuring students flourish to their full potential, in honoring the accumulated learning of past generations, in instigating a spirit of interrogation, curiosity and imagining, and in fostering a sense of humility, belonging and commitment to communities and the planet. At a moment where human rights and democracies around the world are increasingly under threat, valuing the role of the teaching profession, their academic freedom and their voice in decision making is an urgent endeavor.
On 5 October, Education International marks World Teachers’ Day with a 24-hour virtual broadcast spanning the globe. Teachers everywhere will come together to share what they have learned as a profession and how we can ensure inclusive equitable quality education for all moving forward.
The full programme, featuring teachers from across the globe, as well as Presidents, Prime Ministers, Ministers of Education, heads of international organisations, famous journalists and scientists, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and many more, is available at >www.5oct.org/programme/>.
The event will be livestreamed across all Education International platforms and you can register here.
All streaming links will be available on the day at >www.5oct.org/watch/>, with interpretation to English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian and Japanese.
Join the global conversation on October 5!