2011 World Teachers’ Day – Canadian teachers inspire students, awaken potential

September 27, 2011
OTTAWA – Teachers across Canada will join more than 30 million of their colleagues around the globe marking World Teachers’ Day on October 5th.  The national theme for this year’s celebration is “Teachers: Inspiring students, awakening potential”. 

“It is the dedication of Canada’s well-educated, highly professional teaching force that has created one of the best public education systems in the world,” says Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) President Paul Taillefer.  “By drawing on their substantial pool of experience, expertise and knowledge, Canadian teachers can continue to enhance public education in order to inspire students and awaken their potential.”

Referring to The Voice of Canadian Teachers on Teaching and Learning, an extensive report released by the Federation this past summer, the CTF President notes that in a recent national survey “almost nine out of ten teachers stated their belief that some of the very important purposes of public education include preparing students to become responsible citizens, ensuring that students acquire the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics, and preparing students to be lifelong learners.

“However,” warns Taillefer, “teachers also expressed their frustration that education policy decisions are increasingly being informed by people with little or no background in education.  Often ignored in the debate on the future of public education is the voice of teachers who play such a crucial role in inspiring and educating Canada’s future generation.”

View CTF President Paul Taillefer's video message highlighting World Teachers' Day.

October 5th, World Teachers’ Day, is the annual celebration of the valuable work of teachers in Canada and around the globe.  World Teachers’ Day was the brainchild of a former Canadian teacher leader, Norman Goble.  First recognized in 1994, World Teachers’ Day now profiles the work of over 30 million educators around the world.

CTF is the only organization that speaks nationally on behalf of the Canadian teaching profession. An alliance of 17 Member organizations representing nearly 200,000 teachers across the country, CTF is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International.



CTF President Paul Taillefer


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