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Support Portsmouth Teachers on World Teachers' Day

Give back to local teachers by celebrating World Teachers' Day on Oct. 5.

World Teachers' Day, celebrated on Oct. 5, is a great opportunity to show teachers in the Portsmouth School District how great you think they are. But, the day also takes on a deeper meaning, standing for the protection of teachers' rights.

Since its inception in 1994, World Teachers' Day has had a theme every year. The theme for 2012 is “Take a stand for teachers.”

This day was founded by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Its aim is to educate the public about the conditions of being a teacher around the world, focusing specifically on the protection of teachers' rights, and the proper training, development and status raising of teachers.

UNESCO’s partners in this effort are the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Development Programme, Education International and UNICEF.

Everyone has an educator who has changed his or her life with their kindness, humor or educational impact.

On World Teachers' Day, we can remember them by looking at issues and obstacles they may face, knowing that the brightest and most motivated teachers need to be continually attracted to a profession whose status continually needs improvement socially and monetarily.

More than 100 countries currently observe World Teachers' Day, with many corporate supporters such as Google recognizing the global impact and conditions of teachers.

TELL US: How will you celebrate World Teachers' Day? Give your favorite teachers a shout out in the comments section below.

East side October 05, 2012 at 01:28 PM
"...focusing specifically on the protection of teachers' rights..." What about the value of teaching? More validation that this is the best paid part time job in America.
Portsmouth Pride October 05, 2012 at 03:05 PM
So sad, East Side, even on a day when you are asked to remember a teacher positively, you feel a need to spew a little hate. You are truly a one-trick pony. I remember so many teachers that contributed positively to my upbringing and helped to make me an academic success as well as provide support in any number of other areas. Class time was always there, but I remember that how often that extended beyond the school day. To give credit to one individual in particular would be a discredit to the many others I did not mention. The time and effort they spent in helping me is no small part of what I have become. Thanks to all my teachers. I hope I have done you proud.
East side October 05, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Your second paragragh should what be today's meaning concerning teacher appreciation. I think that is wonderful how teachers have had such a positive impact on you. My issue is that today's rememberance is focused on labor relations instead of the positive impacts on children and adults. I feel the focus should be taken back to the roots of what the profession is all about...teaching.
TD October 05, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I had numerous great teachers at PHS, and one in particular really brought European History to life. I never experienced anyone like him and I thoroughly enjoyed his manners and teaching prowess. Thanks Mr. Richards!

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