Each year, October 5, more than 100 countries around the world celebrates Teachers’ Day including the Uganda.
It was established in 1994 to commemorate the 1966 signing of UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.
This year, the Minister of Education and Sports also the First Lady Janet Museveni has said Uganda will celebrate her teachers on Tuesday October 6, 2020.
However, with the coronavirus pandemic still wreaking havoc across the world, the celebrations for World Teachers’ Day will be held virtually worldover. And Uganda won’t be different either.
“Happy World teachers Day to you all. I congratulate all the teachers of Uganda on this special day when we recognise the pivotal role played by teachers in shaping the lives of our young generation.
Our National celebrations will be held tomorrow tuesday 6th October, 2.30pm at State House Entebbe and will be broadcast live on all major TV and radio stations,” the minister twitted on Monday.
The day comes at a time when most of the country’s teachers especially those in private schools have not only spent months without work but also without earning.
Uganda is also preparing for the return to classroom of her final students at all levels from primary to university since March 2020.
The commemoration of the teachers’ day seeks to help address the standards set with regards to teachers surrounding education personnel policy, recruitment, training, personal development and working conditions.
And like it has been the norm every year, UNESCO – an agency of the United Nations aimed at promoting world education, peace and security – set a theme for 2020; “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”.
Yet, it is not just Monday, October 5 that will be celebrated as it will begin a seven-day programme that is focussing on finding innovative ways of using technology to benefit teachers in their own development and mentoring skills during the covid outbreak.
UNESCO said in a statement: “The issue of teacher leadership in relation to crisis responses is not just timely, but critical in terms of the contributions teachers have made to provide remote learning, support vulnerable populations, reopen schools, and ensure that learning gaps have been mitigated.
“The discussions surrounding WTD [World Teachers’ Day] will also address the role of teachers in building resilience and shaping the future of education and the teaching profession.”