The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) joins the rest of the world in celebrating and observing World Teachers’ Day.

World Teachers’ Day was created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1994 to celebrate all educators in the world. It is a recognition of the vital role that teachers play in the lives of children, the future citizens and leaders of the world. Unfortunately, this day falls amidst the Covid-19 pandemic that invaded the world and drastically impacted our lives including teaching, education and schooling. With Covid-19 our teachers are de facto first responders risking their health and lives to educate our children

The right to a proper education is a basic human right. Teaching is not an ordinary vocation; it is a noble mission of preparing the future citizens and leaders of the world. Recognizing and celebrating Teachers’ Day attests to the vital and instrumental role of teachers in society.

Quality education and quality teaching is a basic right to every student at all levels, especially the K 1-12 level. This right to quality education can’t be achieved without empowering and advancing the skills of all teachers and providing them with the needed resources and tools. Teachers are our indispensable and most valuable partners in raising a generation that believes in human rights and makes human rights a lived reality for everyone.

On this day AHRC extends its best wishes to all the teachers in the world and urges policy makers at the local, national and international level to recognize the importance of teachers and treat them fairly, especially as to compensation and recognition.

“What makes every profession possible is one profession: Teaching,” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. “My late father was a teacher and I saw for myself the effort, commitment and the sacrifices he made for his students,” added Hamad. “We truly appreciate the immense efforts teachers are undertaking to make sure that students are learning despite the extraordinary challenges of living through a pandemic,” concluded Hamad.

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