FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following message was issued today by Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny in recognition of World Teachers’ Day:

As minister of education and early childhood development, I wish all teachers in our province a wonderful World Teachers' Day. Your government is proud to celebrate this day in honour of the hard work done by all the educators and support staff within our schools.

This year’s slogan is Addressing Violence, Building Respect.

World Teachers’ Day was first proclaimed by UNESCO on Oct. 5, 1994. It marked an important day for teachers when, on Oct. 5 1966, UNESCO and the International Labour Organization signed the Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.

Since its adoption, the recommendation has been considered an important set of guidelines to promote teachers’ status in the interest of quality education.

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation is one of the organizations in more than 100 countries to celebrate the day.

The provincial government joins the international community in marking the day as a way to show awareness, understanding and appreciation of the vital contribution teachers make to education and development.

Education is the key to a strong and vibrant province. Every day, teachers ensure our learners receive the best education and by doing so, are helping to mould the future of our province. On behalf of government and all New Brunswickers, thank you for bringing such a high level of quality to the New Brunswick school system.

The government’s 10-year education plans aim to improve educational outcomes and better prepare young people for the future. They set objectives in priority areas to create lifelong learners, support educational leaders and bring stability to the system.