The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is proud to announce that the Dominica Association of Teachers is the 2016 recipient of the CTF Norm Goble World Teachers’ Day Award. This award is granted annually to a CTF partner organization for its World Teachers’ Day (WTD) activities. 2014 was the first year for this award.
Dr. Norman Goble, better known as Norm, served as the Secretary General of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation for twelve years, from 1970-1982, and the Secretary General of the World Confederation of Organizations of the Teaching Profession from 1982-1988. Norm made many stellar contributions to education in Canada and throughout the world, and is rightly credited for his work in the initiation of WTD.
Following Norm’s lead, and working through Education International (EI), CTF lobbied for the creation of WTD. In 1994, UNESCO inaugurated WTD to focus attention on the contributions and achievements of teachers, and to highlight teachers’ concerns and priorities regarding education. October 5 was selected as the date to internationally celebrate teachers because on that date in 1966, a special intergovernmental conference adopted the UNESCO recommendation concerning the status of teachers. Norm was a delegate at that seminal meeting. For the first time, this recommendation gave teachers throughout the world an instrument that defines their responsibilities and asserts their rights. In adopting this recommendation, governments unanimously recognized the importance for society to have competent, qualified and motivated teachers.
The Dominica Association of Teachers has been a partner of CTF for many years, and has done much to raise the status of the teaching profession and to highlight teachers as professionals in their country. The CTF Norm Goble WTD Award includes $1,000CAD for the recipient organization to carry out its proposed WTD activities. In addition to the Award, CTF has also cited the Fédération des Syndicats de l’Éducation Nationale in Togo for an Honourable Mention, which includes $500 for the recipient to use in their WTD celebrations.
Those eligible for the award must be national or regional teacher organizations outside of Canada, partners of CTF — that is organizations that have entered into agreements with CTF between 2010 and 2016 — and affiliated with Education International. Recipients are chosen based on proposals for World Teachers’ Day activities.