World Teachers' Day 2018

Teachers are celebrated the world over every year on 5th October.

World Teachers’ Day 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that recognises education as a fundamental human right.

This year’s UNESCO theme is: “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher.”

As we commemorate the centenary of two iconic South Africans, Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu, who dedicated their lives to the fight for equality, we equally accentuate the importance of quality education.

We salute all teachers, may you remember on this day and every day throughout the year that you are valued and your contribution to society transcends the classroom. More than monetary reward, your legacy is firmly entrenched in the hearts of educated professionals who go on to change the course of history.

Success is inseparable from the role of the teacher as the future of our country rests in the hands of educated minds.

In the famous words of Nelson Mandela: A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”

Thank you to our teachers for your tireless efforts to transform this country through quality education.
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Issued by the General Secretary on behalf of the Executive Committee of the ELRC.

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