Children spend more than half of their waking hours in school. Thus, apart from their parents, teachers exert the most influence in their lives. We are who we are today because of our teachers.
This year’s Teachers’ Day marks the 70th anniversary of the United Declaration of Human Rights (1948) that acknowledges education as a key fundamental right and establishes an entitlement to free compulsory education, ensuring inclusive and equitable access for all children. Aptly themed “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher,” this year’s commemoration aims to remind all that to achieve the right to education, children have the right to trained and qualified teachers.
World Teachers’ Day falls on the 5th of October annually, commemorating the anniversary of the signing of 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. It is co-convened in partnership with UNICEF, UNDP, the International Labour Organization, and Education International.
In different countries, Teachers’ Day falls on different dates. In Malaysia, it is celebrated on May 16th. On this day, the Razak Report was formally endorsed by the Federal Legislative Assembly of the Federation of Malaya in 1956. The Report, named after Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, the country’s first Education Minister (and later the second Prime Minister), was crucial in providing a framework for the education system in post-independent Malaya.
In observation of Teachers’ Day 2018, we have listed a few titles on teachers and teaching from our books and eBooks collections.