World Teachers’ Day, held annually in October since 1994, commemorates teachers’ organizations worldwide. Its aim is to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.

Everyone in education knows that children succeed to their full potential when families and whanau work in strong partnership with teachers, schools and ECE services to support their learning.

World Teachers’ Day this year is a chance to celebrate that partnership and the foundation it creates for children to “fly” with their learning.

We’ve chosen the theme of a leaf to symbolise growth in learning and potential, growth that is nourished by quality teaching.

We’re asking you to take this theme as the jumping off point for activities celebrating World Teachers’ Day in your school or centre.

For example, you could:

  • Ask parents or children to complete a message or picture about why they value teaching and learning on the back of a leaf (Download the leaf) and hang it on a collage or mosaic tree or a real tree, or on a fence or wall.
  • Ask children to paint, dye or colour the leaves, add their messages and hang them in a public area of your school or service
  • Bring members and families/whanau together to plant a tree to celebrate World Teachers’ Day in a local park or at a local school or service

The need to build healthy, trusting relationships between parents, whanau and teachers, especially to support our most vulnerable learners, was a recurring theme we heard in our Joint Initiative engagements with members in schools and centres earlier this year. So it’s appropriate that in Term 4, we reinforce that partnership and the value teachers bring to it, by asking our communities to join us on World Teachers’ Day.