World Teachers Day will be observed today (Oct 5, 2011)

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World Teachers Day will be observed today (Oct 5, 2011)
Islamabad (Wednesday, October 5, 2011) People across the country will mark October 5 (Wednesday) as World Teachers Day 2011 to pay tribute to the teachers for their unprecedented contributions in educating the generations, ensuring their services for the progress of society.
The day will be commemorated under the theme `Teachers for Gender Equality which would call for more equal working conditions and education that works for both girls and boys. Different public and private organizations and educational institutions will arrange seminars, conferences, walks and functions to celebrate the day in befitting manner, highlighting the tireless contributions of the teachers.
Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) will arrange a function to mark World Teachers Day at National Library of Pakistan. The event will be organized in collaboration with UNICEF and UNESCO with participation of teachers and educationist. Secretary Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Junaid Iqbal will be chief guest on the occasion.
Since 1994 World Teachers Day is celebrated on October 5. It is an opportunity for all the education related departments to celebrate the profession and to promote international standards for the teaching profession. Despite the teaching profession being made up largely of women, inequality remains an issue. The day would focus on the need to ensure the element of equality into the policies and constitutions, for millions of female teachers, the goals remain unfulfilled.
The teaching profession, both men and women, must unite and urge governments to implement their commitments. According to UNESCO, World Teachers Day represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development. Education International (EI) (the global union federation that represents education professionals worldwide) strongly believes that World Teachers Day should be internationally recognized and celebrated around the world. EI also believes that the principles of the 1966 and 1997 Recommendations should be considered for implementation in all nations.
Over 100 countries observe World Teachers Day. The efforts of Education International and its 401 member organisations have contributed to this widely spread recognition. Every year, EI launches a public awareness campaign to highlight the contributions of the teaching profession.

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