October 5, 2011 is a special day for schools as it recognizes both World Teachers’ Day and Walk to School Day.
World Teachers’ Day
World Teachers’ Day has been celebrated since 1994 and it honors the teaching profession and promotes international teaching standards.
This year’s theme is: “Teachers for gender equality.”
While most teachers are women, there is still a problem of inequality. This year it is hoped that all teachers will unite and urge governments and policymakers to stand committed to bringing equal gender rights to classrooms around the world.
More information can be found at: www.5oct.org
Walk to School Day
“Hike it. Bike it. I like it!” is the slogan for this year’s Walk to School Day.
The National Center for Safe Routes to School coordinates the U.S. Walk to School Day and promotes worldwide participation for families and students to walk or bike to school during the month of October.
Earlier in the year I wrote about walking to school with info about finding out if your neighborhood or school has a high Walk Score.
Walking to school promotes exercise, healthy living, and reduces pollution and gasoline use around the world. It may not be possible for everybody to walk or bike to school all month but it’s great to recognize the importance of getting healthy and doing a small part to help everybody.
For more information visit: www.5oct.org