In 1994, UNESCO proclaimed to observe 5th October as World Teachers’ Day to garner support to the teachers worldwide. The aim was also to cater the education needs of the future generations by driving continuous support from teachers. The day creates awareness and understanding on the importance of teachers in society and also appreciates their vital contributions towards education and development.
While adopting the World Teachers’ Day, the UNESCO recommended the rights and responsibilities of teachers as well as international standards for their preparedness. The theme for World Teachers’ Day 2016 is “Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status”. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. Fiinovation appreciates thats it is also the first teachers’ day observance within the new agenda of Sustainable Development Goals which embodies the fundamental principles as per the 1966 recommendations and also highlights the need to support teachers.
Education being one of the most important goals, it is expected that the teachers will play a pivotal role in achieving the targets under SDG4 – “Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” Fiinovation believes that as teachers will be mainly responsible for equitable and quality education, they should be “adequately trained, recruited and remunerated, motivated and supported within well-resourced, efficient and effectively governed systems.”
Understanding the abysmal teacher-student ratio in India, there is an urgent need to substantially increase the availability of qualified teachers. It is expected that by 2030, apart from the existing teachers, an additional 3.2 million will be required across the world to achieve universal primary education and another 5.1 million more if the world has to achieve universal lower secondary education. In line with this Fiinovation has been urging corporations to implement CSR initiatives promoting quality education at primary, secondary and higher secondary levels. Investments directed towards the capacity building of teachers and increasing availability at rural areas has become the need of the hour. Promotion of interactive teaching methods, knowledge, values and ethics will be beneficial for the overall development of the children.
Fiinovation believes that the government policies and corporate contributions can definitely improve the status and availability of teachers in India. There is also a need to encourage youth to take up teaching as a profession and thereby indulge themselves in nation building activities.
The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts. – C. S. Lewis