IIEP celebrates World Teachers’ Day

A call for teachers

“A Call for Teachers!” is the slogan of World Teachers’ Day 2013 (5 October), which IIEP is celebrating along with UNESCO.  Since teachers are the most powerful force for equity, access, and quality education, a call for teachers means calling for quality education for all.  Quality education offers hope and the promise of a better standard of living. There is no stronger foundation for lasting peace and sustainable development than a quality education provided by well-trained, valued, supported, and motivated teachers.

>> Learn more on the UNESCO website and see the programme of the Day

IIEP’s work on teachers

This International day is an opportunity also for IIEP to highlight its most recent activity on teachers: our Buenos Aires Office recently released Teaching Policies: Training, regulations and professional development, a publication based on the debates and discussions of an International Seminar held in 2012 in Buenos Aires. The book addresses teacher identity, exploring both objective and subjective conditions of the teaching profession, and describing its developments and challenges. Using relevant case studies, it analyses the importance of teacher training, in particular for diversity. It draws attention to some of the threats to a profession which has become devalued over the years, the growing challenges for educational policies, and the need to address the specific and unique conditions that characterize a teaching career.  Finally, it invites readers to reflect upon the current regulations of the teaching profession and the agendas of Ministries of Education and trade unions in different countries in Latin America.

This work contributes to the debate on teaching policies by providing updated and relevant presentations from Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Spain, United States and Uruguay as authors belong to policymaking organisations, trade unions and academic institutions.

>> Click here to download the publication (in Spanish)