Union’s bright future

Young union members proved to be the embodiment of the theme for this year’s World Teachers’ Day — Young teachers: The future of the profession — at a recent conference.

“I am proud to be a teacher because it gives me the chance to change someone else’s life every day,” a Women’s Contact on the Central Coast, Rebecca, wrote in evaluation of the New Educators Network.

“Being in Federation means I am part of a collective voice fighting for educational, political and social changes that will positively impact public education and the children that are our future.”

World Teachers’ Day, 25 October, is celebrated as an opportunity for everyone to recognise and appreciate teachers and the important role they play in shaping the next generation.

Organisers of the day believe this year’s theme provided “the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, to take stock of achievements, and to address some of the issues central for attracting and keeping the brightest minds and young talents in the profession”.

Celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide, World Teachers’ Day was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1994 to recognise the role of teachers in society.

This year, UNESCO’s theme for World Teachers’ Day was, “Young Teachers: The future of the profession.”

The New Educators Network was held at Federation House, Surry Hills, on Thursday and Friday, 17 and 18 October, and was followed by the New Activist Conference on the Saturday.

Ryan, a Goulburn teacher, wrote that the best thing about being a teacher was being part of his students’ educational journey. “I know we make an impact,” he said. “Everyone has/had a favourite teacher when they think about their time at school.”

— Scott Coomber