World Teachers' Day

World Teachers’ Day, a UNESCO initiative, was first held in 1994 and today is celebrated in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Historically, this annual initiative aims to acknowledge the contribution teachers make to society, address the global teacher shortage and improve the quality of teaching. 

This year's slogan is ‘Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers’.

At British Council, we want to use the opportunity to recognise the importance of education by thanking teachers around the world - and those in the wider education profession - for their work.

This year, we are celebrating the World Teachers Day in 3 unique ways;

  1. Free Webinars for Teachers - We are hosting free global #WorldTeachersDay webinars to help teachers gain practical tips for teaching in classroom. You can join the webinar via this link Free Webinars
  2. World Of Thanks Stories  -  Because we believe that every teacher had or has a teacher, we also appreciate the positive impact that teacher educators have on the work that teachers do. Therefore, we reached out to teachers from different schools and encouraged them to share their inspiring stories about a creative and inspirational teacher that impacted them and how this has influenced the way they teach today. We received amazing and interesting entries from all the teachers who participated. But five of these stories were considered outstanding. Below are the list of teachers with the outstanding stories.
  3. Thank You Teacher Campaign - We asked students on our Facebook and Twitter platforms to tell us about their favourite teacher that most inspired them. You can join the conversation using the hashtag #ThankYouTeacher

Outstanding World of Thanks Stories by Teachers

Kevin Chiedu Okonji

Kevin Chiedu Okonji

Literacy Educator, Chrisland School VGC

Chiedu's story about his grandmother, an inspirational teacher he encountered was selected as one of the five outstanding stories in recognition of World Teachers Day . The priceless lessons he learnt from her has helped him to breed a class of happy learners who are confident and cherish relationships with others.

Read his full #WorldOfThanks story here 

Tolu Alalade Mosunmola

Educator, Lagos City Senior College, Sabo-Yaba

Tolu Alalade Mosunmola #WorldOfThanks story was selected as outstanding. Her story was written in appreciation of her Biology teacher in secondary who impacted her in her teenage years and whose lessons are now an inspiration for her now as a Biology teacher. 

Read her full #WorldOfThanks story here

Medjigbodo Ossa Medeho

Medjigbodo Ossa Medeho

HOD/Teacher Mathematics, Atlantic Hall, Poka Epe

Medjigbodo Ossa Medeho tells an inspiriration story about two teachers and one child that has impacted on his teaching profession. His story was selected to feature as one of the five outstanding stories.

Read his inspiring #WorldOfThanks story here

Prisca Godwill

Prisca Godwill

Head of School, Glisten International Academy, Abuja

Prisca talks about her inspirational and creative grade four teacher Mrs Awatt who help developed her writing skills early enough and instilled the right attitudes, beliefs and behaviour in her.

Read her full inspiring #WorldOfThanks story here

Saviour Ekere

Teacher, Edgewood College, Lekki

Saviour Ekere's story was among the oustanding #WorldOfThanks story in recognition of the World Teachers' Day 2017. Read the inspiring story about how he has impacted his students postivitely.

Read his full #WorldOfThanks story here