World Teachers' Day, also known as International Teachers' Day, is an annual event celebrated on October 5th. The day serves as an opportunity to acknowledge and thank teachers for their dedication, hard work, and commitment to shaping the minds of future generations. It also aims to raise awareness about the challenges that teachers face, including low pay, limited resources, and the need for ongoing professional development. World Teachers' Day is celebrated through various activities, events, and campaigns organized by schools, educational institutions, and communities. It is a time to reflect on the vital role teachers play in society and to support and advocate for better working conditions and resources for educators. The day also serves as a reminder of the fundamental right to education and the importance of providing quality education to all, as teachers are instrumental in achieving this goal.
This year, to commemorate this important day, the Global Schools Program (GSP) is happy to share resources and tips for the education we want. With September marking the midpoint of the 2023 agenda, it is crucial that the world accelerates the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. The resources shared on this blog aim to offer just that, as they guide educators in implementing Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in their classrooms.
Global Teachers' Club
Established in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Global Teachers' Club (GTC) is a non-profit organization working through collaborative activities among educators. The organization's mission is to serve as a place to share and exchange knowledge, support educators while respecting diverse cultures, and focus on teachers' development and students' collaboration.
Under the theme "learn from the best," the Global Teachers' Club offers meetings and workshops with some of the best experts in the education sector. From linguists to CEOs and trained educators with sustainability experience, the Club has organized remarkable events from which educators can learn and develop their skills. On their YouTube channel, educators can find the recordings of their events, info videos about some of the most important topics related to sustainability, and many more activities the Club leads with their members that can inspire educators to implement in their schools.
Next Gen Leaders
Through Education for Sustainable Development, the England-based charity NextGenLeaders aims to empower both young people and their staff leads to create and develop a student-led socially responsible project that impacts their local communities through positive behavioral change that then impacts livelihoods for the better. Sarah Steel, program manager for NextGenLeaders and one of our Project Officers for Global Schools delivers bi-weekly sessions about the SDGs along with project ideation sessions where the young people learn how to create meaningful and sustainable projects that creatively tackle issues that the young people worry about.
To achieve their mission and serve as an organization empowering youth, NextGenLeaders offers a wide variety of resources such as journey logs, issue cards, SDGs cards, and videos, among others. At their website, educators can find all these resources that help support education throughout their academic year, which are all available virtually on our website.
Mission 4.7 is an initiative that brings together leaders from government, academia, civil society, and business to accelerate the implementation of Transformative Education around the world and highlight the critical importance of education in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The goal of Mission 4.7 is to build on and draw upon UNESCO's global leadership on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED), as mandated by its Member States and the UN General Assembly, respectively, as well as on its responsibility for the monitoring of SDG Target 4.7. For that, Mission 4.7 ensures alignment with UNESCO's global frameworks and conceptualizations, and complements existing programs already underway in this context.
In addition, to advocate for Transformative Education, the Mission curates and creates relevant educational resources, pushes countries for greater investments in quality education, and identifies ways to train and support educators around the world. For that, the website of the Mission offers resources such as case studies, guides for policymakers, youth, educators, and researchers, as well as updates on the latest sustainable education trends.
Global Schools Program
In line with all the organizations that are advocating for the education we want, the Global Schools Program is always keeping truth to its mission and sharing unique resources that have been built through evidence-based research and utilized in the vision to equip all students with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to face the world's biggest challenges. Lesson plans, case study guides, activities guides, and blogs are some of the resources the Global Schools Program has available for Advocates and educators willing to introduce sustainability into the curriculum.