World Teachers Day Celebrations and ZIMTA Interprovincial Sports Combined PDF Print E-mail

The 2013 World Teachers’ Day celebrations and activities are set to combine with the activities of the ZIMTA inter – provincial sporting games which have also become an annual activity on the ZIMTA calendar.


Created: 06 August 2013


“In an effort to make the World Teachers’ day celebrations, lively, diverse and more involving, ZIMTA will be combining World teachers’ day traditional activities such as speeches, processions and entertainment together with sports. The idea is to have all educators participating in this world event as much as possible,” said the ZIMTA Chief Executive Officer Mr. Sifiso Ndlovu.
Preparations for the hosting of the annual ZIMTA inter-provincial games are at an advanced stage. The games which shall be held at inter-provincial levels have been deferred from their traditional month of August to October 5, 2013, in order to coincide with the 2013 World Teachers’ day, “A Call for Teachers” celebrations.
 Mr. Ndlovu observed that  ZIMTA as the largest teachers’ Union in Zimbabwe, naturally had to lead the celebrations of this important day, hence the union was in the process of making the necessary logistics at ZIMTA branch levels in the provinces, to ensure that the October 5, celebrations and games are  held smoothly, ensuring and motivating  all members to  get equal opportunities to  fully participate in the  special event meant to give special and due recognition to the work of  ZIMTA members in particular and educators in general.
“One thing that the ZIMTA inter-provincial sporting games and the World teachers’ day have in common is that they are both held once a year and participation of educators in these unique events is highly recommended” said Mr. Ndlovu in an interview.
The world teachers’ day celebrations  and activities in Zimbabwe and in other countries which affiliate to the world educational body, Education International (EI) and  to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural  Organization (UNESCO) and International Labour Organization, (ILO) recommendation concerning the Status of  Teachers (1994), always seek to promote the work of educators and education activities while thanking and recognizing the efforts of educators worldwide who are constantly seeking to raise the bar to achieving and mobilizing for  good quality public education for all.
According to (2013), in 1994, UNESCO proclaimed 5 October World Teachers’ Day, in celebration of the great step made for teachers in 1966 when a special intergovernmental conference convened by UNESCO in Paris in cooperation with the ILO adopted the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.
This recommendation sets forth the rights and responsibilities of teachers, and international standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, teaching and learning conditions. It also contains many recommendations for teachers’ participation in educational decisions through consultation and negotiation with educational authorities. Since its adoption, the Recommendation has been considered an important set of guidelines to promote teachers’ status in the interest of quality education.
In addition 5 October celebrates the adoption by the UNESCO General Conference in 1997 of the UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel.





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