Take time to say ‘thank you’ to a teacher today

Today is World Teachers’ Day in Australia – an ideal opportunity to recognise and
acknowledge the immense contribution that teachers make to students, families, schools

and communities around Australia.

Australian Education Union Deputy Federal President Maurie Mulheron said that World
Teachers’ Day was a chance to appreciate the essential role that teachers play in ensuring
a child’s intellectual, emotional, social and physical growth.

“The Australian Education Union would like to thank all teachers across Australia for the
essential work they do each day to support our children and prepare them for a life of
success, achievement and happiness,” Mr Mulheron said.

“Today provides an occasion to celebrate the teaching profession and to take stock of its
achievements.”

World Teachers’ Day acknowledges the efforts of teachers in an increasingly complex,
multicultural and technological society. It is a day on which students, parents and
members of the community show their appreciation for the contributions that teachers
have made to their community.

Celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide, World Teachers’ Day was established

by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in
1994.

“For many teachers, teaching is not just a profession but a passion. Teaching isn’t just

what happens in the classroom – it’s sports and after-school activities, concerts, school

trips, award events and parent-teacher nights,” Mr Mulheron said.

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“Public school teachers make a positive difference every day in their schools, in their
students, and in the community. They play an essential role in giving our children every
chance to meet and even exceed their potential,” Mr Mulheron said.

“Education makes a real difference in people’s lives. It is our teachers who take the lead
and work tirelessly to give our children the skills, the confidence and the knowledge that
are so important in making a success of their lives.”

Mr Mulheron said that one of the greatest challenges to ensuring that all children have
access to education is the continued global shortage of teachers. There are currently an
estimated 264 million children and youth around the world who do not attend school.

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“Many schools will honour teachers during assembly, hold a morning tea, or work with
parent and community groups to acknowledge them.”

“However, do not feel you have to wait for a formal opportunity to say thank you. If you see
your child’s teacher today, why not mark World Teachers’ Day by thanking them for their
part in helping your child develop?”

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