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Home > News > 2017 > October > Celebrate World Teachers’ Day: Teaching in freedom, empowering teachers

Celebrate World Teachers’ Day: Teaching in freedom, empowering teachers

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On Friday, 27 October 2017, IEUA-QNT members will celebrate World Teachers’ Day and take the opportunity to recognise that teaching is fundamentally about making high quality professional judgements in the interests of children and their wellbeing.

Established in 1994 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to recognise the role of teachers in society, World Teachers’ Day is an opportunity to recognise, thank and congratulate teachers for a job well done.

Changing lives, creating opportunity

This year’s theme Teaching in freedom, empowering teachers highlights the need for teachers to be empowered, valued, honoured and respected for their professional judgements and their role as educators.

The day is our opportunity to reaffirm the role of teachers as educators creating opportunity for their students and changing lives through their professional judgements as teachers.

Freedom to teach

Celebrated in over 100 countries, World Teachers’ Day is also a time to reflect on the very difficult conditions in which some teachers continue to work in many countries.

In marking this year’s celebrations Education International (EI) General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen noted the conflict, violent extremism and political interference that not only puts teachers’ lives at risk, but to also hinder their professional autonomy and freedom to teach in some countries.

“Rigid external accountability mechanisms, control and the imposition of scripted teaching methodologies and lesson plans – promoted by many proponents of privatisation – continue to undermine the status of the teaching profession,” Mr van Leeuwen said.


IEUA-QNT Chapters are encouraged to celebrate World Teachers’ Day this Friday, 27 October by undertaking a number of activities: 

  • holding a special World Teachers’ Day morning tea.  Please email high resolution photographs of your celebration morning tea to communications@qieu.asn.au for inclusion in our union journal as well as online publications and IEUA-QNT social media.
  • making a collective donation as a Chapter to help assist the ongoing work of Union Aid Aboard – APHEDA in the work they do to support our colleague unionists in the developing world. Direct donations can be made here.
  • inviting a non-member to join our union and become part of your Chapter – strengthening our collective voice at your school and across the sector.

Happy World Teachers' Day!


IEUA-QNT is proud to be supporting World Teachers’ Day celebrations in Queensland alongside our colleague education union the Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU), the Department of Education and Training, Queensland College of Teachers (QCT), the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC)
and the Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ).

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.