Since 5 October 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.
“This Recommendation sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions.
The Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel was adopted in 1997 to complement the 1966 Recommendation by covering teaching and research personnel in higher education.” – source
We all remember those teachers who really ment something in our life.
The great soul of India Initiator of a non-violence attitude and culture And leader of the Indian independance movement
His message and philosophy inspired and still inspires many Me, one of them
Some of his quotes:
– YOU are the change – Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man. – Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. – Pray with your heart, not with words – Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions. Consider and judge your actions, for they have become your habits. Acknowledge and watch your habits, for they shall become your values. Understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny. – Shake the world in a gentle way – Through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it, always.
According to General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/271 of 15 June 2007, which established the commemoration, the International Day is an occasion to
“disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”.
The resolution reaffirms “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and the desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence”. – source
Long ago, I was asked to join the team of our former minister of finance. Not only because of bilingual skills, but more importantly because of economic backgrounds.
Translation is not just a juxtaposition of words, a robot can do that. Translation fits into a context of concepts and knowledge in the first place.
In those days, we worked with our own system. Cards piled up in boxes in alphabetical order. Took a while if you had not a good memory!
Today we all know google translate and Bing Translator. Far much easier and quicker to use. A work of scientists, interpretations and terminology. A work of clarity . And yet still a long way to go.
”Traduttore, traditore.” An old Italian quote meaning translator, traitor. The bad one, of course
According to the ancients, translation was a Supreme Art. Given only to a few.
Remember the Rosetta Stone which discovery led to the deciphering of the Egyptian hieroglyphs ! And all the work that has been done from there on… A work of patience.
Words have different levels of understanding and interpretations as well. Subtlety reigns.
Translation? Not an easy task!
Today we pay tribute to the language professionals all over the world. Their work contributes to a greater understanding of others, a better communication and dialogue across the nations. A work of peace as well!
That is why I am happy to start the world days site with International Translation Day On this 30th of september!
“On24 May 2017, the General Assembly of the United Narions adopted resolution 71/288 on the role of language professionals in connecting nations and fostering peace, understanding and development, and declared 30 September as International Translation Day.” – Source un.org