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The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher: UN on World Teachers' Day
On the occasion of World Teachers' Day (WTD), October 5, held annually since 1994, in a joint message from Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO; Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization; Henrietta H Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF; Achim Steiner, Administrator, UNDP; and David Edwards, General Secretary, Education said, "On this World Teachers' Day, as we celebrate teachers' important contributions to improving the lives of children and youth around the world, we reaffirm our commitment to increasing the global supply of qualified teachers."

"We urge all governments and the international community to join us in this endeavour, so that all children and young people, no matter their circumstances, can secure their right to quality education and a better future." add the conveners of the WTD holding that it is the occasion to mark progress and reflect on ways to counter the remaining challenges for the promotion of the teaching profession.

This year the World Teachers' Day (WTD) is being observed with the theme "The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher". According to 'ILO/UNESCO Recommendations' concerning the 'Status of Teachers', the  'benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions' are needed to set and made public by the member countries.

The UN system and the conveners of the observance hold that the 'trained and qualified teachers are fundamental to the right to education.' "As we celebrate World Teachers' Day this year, we take this occasion to remind the global community that "The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher." This theme was chosen to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), where education is recognized as a key fundamental right. A right that cannot be fulfilled without qualified teachers," say the conveners of the WTD.

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