Celebrating World Teachers’ Day – October 5, 2023

Category: District

A Message from Delta School Board Chairperson, Val Windsor

World Teachers’ Day is held annually on October 5th to celebrate all teachers around the globe. It commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which sets out the rights and responsibilities of teachers, and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions.

The theme of this year’s World Teachers’ Day is “The teachers we need for the education we want: The global imperative to reverse the teacher shortage”.  Putting an end to the decline in the number of teachers and reversing that trend urgently needs to be at the top of the global agenda.

“Being a teacher provides an incredible opportunity to make a transformative and lasting impact on learners young and old. It’s extremely worrying to see that school districts everywhere are facing teacher shortages currently,” said Val Windsor, Chair, Delta Board of Education. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you to all staff within our district – educators, support staff, school and district administrators, CUPE 1091 and DTA members – for your outstanding hard work and unwavering commitment to supporting Delta students.”

On October 5, and every other day for that matter, my hope is that you will all take a moment to express your gratitude to our teachers, school and district administrators, and all other staff.

Thank you

A Message from Delta School District Superintendent, Doug Sheppard

I would like to add to Val’s comments and share some of my thoughts on why World Teachers’ Day is important to Delta School District.

Achieving our Vision for 2030 of being an innovative, inclusive community where all learners belong and everyone soars is wholly dependent on being able to build positive connections with students. When students feel supported, they are far more likely to engage in learning which ultimately can lead to better academic success. We need sufficient staff within the education system to foster those powerful connections with students and provide the best learning environment for them to flourish.

Please join me in taking a moment on October 5 to thank everyone who has chosen to follow a career in education, and for spending their lives helping to inspire and nurture, thriving, future-ready learners.


Also, thank you to our local newspaper, the Delta Optimist, for honouring educators today:

Teachers are the cornerstone of knowledge

Editorial: Thank a teacher today