A day to celebrate the unique and vital role of teachers, in every country and continent of the world. For further information, visit the World Teachers' Day website. Each year has a different theme. For 2017 the theme was “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers”, echoing the 2015 theme that followed the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) in September 2015, when teacher empowerment was reaffirmed as a top priority in all education and development strategies. World Teachers’ Day 2017 also commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel (PDF). Find out more on the UNESCO World Teachers Day page. Across the world, enrolment in primary schools is rising rapidly, as a result of population rise and efforts to ensure more children receive a primary education. However, the quality of education is being compromised in many countries as they can't get enough teachers into classrooms.This global teacher shortage is a setback for all development efforts. Further details are shown in the following infographic - click to open a larger version. If you would like some ideas to help your school celebrate the importance of teachers you could try browsing the Global Dimension database for resources listed under the topic 'Education'.