CTF launches award to celebrate World Teachers’ Day

June 10, 2014

OTTAWA – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is offering a new annual award to celebrate World Teachers’ Day (WTD) in honour of former CTF Secretary General Dr. Norman Goble. The award is open to current or recent CTF partner organizations.

Goble worked with CTF in this position from 1970 to 1982, before continuing on to be the Secretary General of the World Confederation of Organizations of the Teaching Profession (one of the founding global organizations of Education International) from 1982 to 1988. He was active in improving the quality of education both in Canada and abroad, as well as being integral to the initiation of WTD, before passing away August 10, 2013.

“Norm has contributed hugely to education in Canada, making this award a fitting testament to his career,” says CTF President Dianne Woloschuk. “Norm was universally respected for his wisdom and known by many of us as a friend, colleague and mentor. He retained his interest in CTF, global education and global affairs throughout his life.”

The Norm Goble World Teachers’ Day Award includes $1,000 for the recipient organization to carry out its proposed WTD activities. June 30 is the deadline for current or recent CTF partner organizations (that are also Education International (EI) Affiliate Members) to apply. The winner will be announced by July 30.

Applications will be evaluated based on how well the event:

  • fits the theme of WTD;
  • is environmentally sustainable;
  • showcases the work of teachers and celebrates the profession;
  • advocates for equitable education;
  • shows potential for long term benefit to the education sector, and
  • engages teachers, students and the public.

WTD, which takes place on October 5, was established by UNESCO in 1994 following lobbying for its creation from CTF alongside EI. It was originally the brainchild of Goble, and aims to shed light internationally on the concerns of teachers while celebrating their successes.

October 5 was selected as the date because of a 1966 intergovernmental conference at which Goble was a delegate, wherein UNESCO adopted a recommendation concerning the status of teachers. This recommendation gave teachers the tools through which to assert their rights and make their responsibilities clear.

The CTF is an alliance of nearly 200,000 elementary and secondary educators from 17 organizations (15 Members, one Affiliate Member and one Associate Member), from coast to coast to coast. It is also a member of Education International. Follow CTF on Twitter: @CanTeachersFed and @EnseigneCanada.