Brisbane's Story Bridge on World Teachers

World Teachers' Day

Show your appreciation of teachers by celebrating World Teachers’ Day.

Celebrated in over 100 countries, 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 community members can demonstrate their appreciation for the contributions that teachers have made to their community.

What is World Teachers’ Day?

World Teachers’ Day was inaugurated on 5 October 1994 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to commemorate the 1966 joint signing of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. In adopting this recommendation, governments unanimously recognised the importance of competent, qualified and motivated teachers in society.

Internationally World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on 5 October. However, as this is usually during Australian school holidays, Australia celebrates the day on the last Friday in October of each year.

How did the QCT celebrate World Teachers’ Day in previous years?

Every school in Queensland last year was emailed a QCT World Teachers’ Day kit, which included interactive Teacher Appreciation certificates and suggestions as to how teachers could be celebrated on the day.

The Story Bridge has been lit up for teachers on the eve of World Teachers’ Day (WTD) in the past two years and the QCT Excellence in Teaching Awards ceremony has been held on, or on the eve of, WTD since 2009.

For the past two years the QCT has joined with the Department of Education and Training, Independent Schools Queensland, Queensland Catholic Education Commission, Queensland Teachers’ Union and Queensland Independent Education Union in an advertising campaign across newspapers and digital media to publicly thank teachers on the day.

Videos of prominent education figures and leaders thanking teachers have also been released.

Prior to 2013 a WTD poster was emailed each year to schools and local councils. These are still available to download below.

You can also access last year’s WTD kit here.

An archive of QCT World Teachers' Day Posters:

Some suggestions for celebrating World Teachers’ Day include:

  • Provide a morning tea, lunch or after work BBQ for teachers
  • Organise a concert of student performances as a tribute to their teachers
  • Present each teacher with a small token of appreciation, such as a certificate
  • Collate a collection of teacher appreciation messages, poems and drawings from students
  • Organise a World Teachers' Day poster or postcard design competition for students
  • Distribute World Teachers' Day badges and stickers.


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