World Teachers' Day, celebrated on Oct. 5, is a great opportunity to show teachers in the Oswego 308 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.
The best way to help support local teachers is through donations to the Oswego Foundation for Edcucational Excellence, said Kristine Liptrot, director of communications. The foundation provides materials, equipment and funding for initiatives that cannot be supplied through limited public resources.
Local stores and restaurants also give back and work with Oswego 308. Culver's and Jersey Mike's, said Liptrot, do several fundraisers and "nights" with the schools and stores like Target and OfficeMax donate a percentage of proceeds to District 308.
More than 100 countries currently observe World Teachers' Day, with many corporate supporters such as Google recognizing the global impact and conditions of teachers.
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