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New documentary highlights daily commitment of teachers around the world

published 3 October 2014 updated 28 October 2014

Dawn is breaking. Teachers around the world begin their day... While each of the respective regions these teachers live in has its distinctive features, its diversity of landscape, culture and history, a common desire unites them all: to impart knowledge to those they teach, to help them reach their full potential.

A new documentary produced by Education International with support from the Open Society Foundations has been launched in conjunction with this years' World Teachers' Day. It follows teachers from all over the world - in countries such as Argentina, Togo, India, or Belgium - to shed light on what teachers’ everyday lives look like around the world. Entitled ‘One day in the life of a teacher’, the film highlights similarities and differences, as well as challenges faced by teachers today.

With a strong focus on teaching and learning, the film also looks at the human beings behind the profession and the role of teachers in their community and union, and the consequences of current policies and reforms they experience. These teachers' voices are a strong reminder of the fact that quality education remains the basis for a sustainable, peaceful and prosperous future, the basis of a world in which education is a right and everyone has equal opportunities to participate in quality education.

Watch ‘One day in the life of a teacher’ online:

World Teachers’ Day

Education International's Unite for Quality Education campaign ran from World Teachers' Day last year to World Teachers' Day this year. Quality education is a focus point on October 5, when teachers around the globe will be celebrated in classrooms, villages, and cities for their tireless dedication to the profession. To make October 5 a day to remember, EI is calling on all members and colleagues to join in by having their voices heard to ensure world leaders know how important a quality teacher is in helping students reach their full potential.

EI is asking everyone to email, text, or tweet their messages of support for quality education directly to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Visit www.5oct.org for more information on how to participate.