What is World Teachers' Day?

World Teachers' Day is celebrated annually on October 5. Photo: flickr.com/photos/julien_harneis/3240470193World Teachers' Day is celebrated annually on October 5
World Teachers' Day, also known as International Teachers Day, is held every year on October 5 to honor teachers and recognize their contributions to education and development. Many events are organized on this day (or a day around this date if necessary to avoid school holidays) to emphasize the importance of teachers and learning and to raise the profile and increase the awareness and understanding of the teaching profession and its importance.

While many countries hold their national Teachers' Day on this day to coincide with World Teachers' Day, there are exceptions, most notably Teacher Appreciation Day in the United States, which falls on the Tuesday of the first full week in May and is the main day of Teacher Appreciation Week. The national Teachers' Days of other countries are spread throughout the year, usually to commemorate an important local educator or a milestone in the development of the country's education (for details see this list of Teachers' Days around the world). 11 countries in the Arab world celebrate a common Teachers' Day on February 28.

World Teachers' Day was first held in 1994 at the initiative of UNESCO and has been observed every year since.

Further reading: World Teachers' Day on Wikipedia

When is World Teachers' Day 2021?

World Teachers' Day 2021 is on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 (in 413 days).  Calendar for 2021

Dates for World Teachers' Day from 2015 to 2025

The next occurrence of World Teachers' Day is marked in red.

When is ...?Date     Day of the week     Days away     
World Teachers' Day 2015     October 5, 2015     Monday     1779 days ago
World Teachers' Day 2016     October 5, 2016     Wednesday     1413 days ago
World Teachers' Day 2017     October 5, 2017     Thursday     1048 days ago
World Teachers' Day 2018     October 5, 2018     Friday     683 days ago
World Teachers' Day 2019     October 5, 2019     Saturday     318 days ago
World Teachers' Day 2020     October 5, 2020     Monday     in 48 days
World Teachers' Day 2021     October 5, 2021     Tuesday     in 413 days
World Teachers' Day 2022     October 5, 2022     Wednesday     in 778 days
World Teachers' Day 2023     October 5, 2023     Thursday     in 1143 days
World Teachers' Day 2024     October 5, 2024     Saturday     in 1509 days
World Teachers' Day 2025     October 5, 2025     Sunday     in 1874 days