World Teachers’ Day is an annual event, which is commemorated internationally on 05 October. In 1994, UNESCO and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) declared the 5th of October as World Teachers’ Day to commemorate the signing of the UNESCO/ILO recommendation concerning the status of teachers in 1966, which is morally binding for all countries.
In recognition of our teaching professionals, the Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga, will be launching a year-long celebration to commemorate their hard work and dedication to moving South Africa forward through providing invaluable learning opportunities to every learner in their classrooms. The Minister will launch this DBE initiative during a Teachers’ Indaba, under the theme: Teachers, the Heartbeat of the Nation: A Programme for Teachers, during August 2015.
The programme hopes to achieve the following outcomes: Improved teachers’ morale which will further lead to greater commitment to healthy school environments; Attract qualified/qualifying teachers to enter the education system; Positively affect productivity and efficiency; Reduce teachers’ absenteeism related to health issues such as stress, obesity, and cardiovascular disease; and have a positive effect on teamwork and teacher effectiveness.