HALIFAX, Oct. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Teachers in Nova Scotia and across Canada
will join more than 30 million of their colleagues around the globe
marking World Teachers' Day on October 5. Teachers: Pillars of Democracy is this year's theme. Under the auspices of Education International
(EI) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO) this event honours and celebrates the valuable
work of teachers.
"This annual celebration of our proud profession, draws the need to
raise the status of the profession and acknowledge the indispensable
role teachers play in building the future," says NSTU president Shelley
This year's theme stresses the democratic practices that teachers
instill in students at an early age and highlight teachers'
far-reaching influence and important role in a political democracy.
"Teachers promote the importance of democracy and explore with students
the importance of being actively engaged citizens," she says. "Through
hands-on learning programs, like Student Vote, teachers can engage
students to be pillars of democracy in action."
World Teachers' Day is an annual celebration of the valuable work of
teachers in Canada and around the globe. It was the brainchild of
former Canadian teacher leader Norman Goble. First recognized in 1994,
consecutive Nova Scotia provincial leaders have proclaimed the day
The Nova Scotia Teachers Union represents more than 10,000 public school
teachers, Community College faculty and professional support staff in
Nova Scotia, and teachers who work for the Atlantic Provinces Special
Education Authority in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward
Island. Since 1895, it has worked to improve the quality of public
education for children and youth in Nova Scotia, while promoting and
advancing the teaching profession.
SOURCE: Nova Scotia Teachers Union
For further information:
Angela Murray, NSTU Public Relations Coordinator Telephone: 902-479-4708, Cell: 902-497-0194, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, @NSTeachersUnion