About the awards...

World Teachers’ Day on 5 October is a time for the global community to recognise the achievements of teachers and to raise awareness about their critical role in achieving the global targets outlined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). One year into the global pandemic, teachers all over the world continue to face unprecedented challenges to deliver education: 1.5 billion students in 188 countries are currently unable to attend school (OECD, 2021). Although schools in Western Australia have suffered limited closure, social distancing measures and the persistent threat of further lockdowns are having a continued impact on the organisation of learning, and staff and student well-being. Against the backdrop of COVID-19, the WA UN Teachers’ Day Awards 2021 celebrates “the role of teachers in building resilience and shaping the future of education and the teaching profession” (UNESCO, 2020).
Principals, Associate Principals, Heads of Learning Areas and Line Managers are invited to nominate teachers in their school who have excelled in the delivery of education in challenging times. Staff may also self-nominate. Teachers, both part-time and full-time, in all schools providing K-12 education in WA are eligible.
The application must focus on how a teacher has shown excellence in delivering a specific program, pedagogy or activity in support of one of the 17 UN SDGs - and in challenging times. For example, as part of addressing SDG 4 on Quality Education, the nomination could describe how a teacher has understood the importance of place and human connections in building resilience in their students; has employed innovative models of collaboration to reach out to students, the school community and beyond to ensure access to education; or has utilised technology to support or deliver excellence in instruction.
All applications will be reviewed by a jury composed of members of the United Nations Association of WA Education Committee. The jury will compile a short list of nominees and may contact them to conduct a short phone interview. Successful nominees will be invited to the WA United Nations Day Awards at the WA Museum Cultural Centre on Friday 22 October 2021.
The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2021.
The nomination is confidential. The submission and its testimonials will remain confidential. It will not be published in whole or in part without written authorisation from the nominee.
Contact Rachel Sheffield, Co-convenor, UNAAWA Education Committee gcs@unaa-wa.org.au.
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