October 5 is World Teachers' Day. Find out which famous people want to say thank you to their school teachers for their success.

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Who shapes the person you are the most? Parents or other family members are probably at the top of the list for many people. But a close second place is very likely to go to a teacher. Some of the most influential and successful people in the world have a teacher in their childhood to thank for their success.

The teachers behind famous people

Can you imagine life without the personal computer? Well, without two of Bill Gates's high school teachers, that could be our world today. Gates's maths teacher, Fred Wright, asked him to push himself just a little bit harder. Maybe that's why the founder of Microsoft sometimes slept under his desk in the office instead of going home to relax after work. And his drama teacher, Anne Stephens, helped him discover a love of the spotlight when she made the sometimes withdrawn schoolboy the star of the school play. Gates thanked his teachers, saying, 'There's no way there would be a Microsoft without them doing what they did.'

And he's not the only one. Oprah Winfrey, talk show host, actress and TV producer, was inspired by her fourth grade (age 9–10) teacher, Mrs Duncan. Because of her, Oprah says, 'I felt I could take on the world. You did exactly what teachers are supposed to do. They create a spark for learning that lives with you from then on. It's why I have a talk show today.'

An adult you can trust

For some children, teachers are the only positively influential people in their lives. Antwone Fisher, a best-selling writer, grew up in foster homes, and didn't have many adults that he could trust. But a primary school teacher, Mrs Profitt, was the first adult he ever trusted. 'She spoke to all of us the same way – with respect. No one spoke to me that way before. I think that being with her for three years made all the difference.'

Celebrate teachers

There are thousands more stories like this, from famous people and ordinary people all across the world. That's why UNESCO celebrates teachers on 5 October every year. UNESCO wants us to remember that education is a basic human right and every child should have free education. UNESCO hopes to train 69 million new teachers by 2030 so that everyone can go to school, because, sadly, 264 million children in the world today are not in school because there aren't enough teachers. Those children are often in places where life is already very difficult because they live in poor areas or far away from cities and towns, or they are escaping war in their own countries.

A day to say 'Thank you'

So, if you have a teacher, you're one of the lucky ones. One day, you'll probably look back at your life, your successes, the dreams you've made come true or the difficult things you've survived. The chances are high that you'll find a teacher's words have helped you achieve these things. Perhaps you already know who that teacher will be. Why not find them and say thank you today on World Teachers' Day?

If you're a teacher, you can celebrate World Teachers' Day by attending the Five on 5 webinars on our TeachingEnglish website:

https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/events/webinars

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Thanks BC, indeed we need to thank our teacher, whether formal or non-formal education. Whether they teach us something good or bad, it's still a lesson indeed for us. I wish I could thank to every teacher in my life that shape who I am today.

I'm sorry but I wasn't lucky for that. I really didn't have good teachers. Especially my elementary teacher was horrible. I remember that time mostly skipped school.

Thanks to all teachers around the world. They help in no small measure in molding us all into great ambassadors of our homes and communities we represent.

Hallo again. I forgot. I want to congradulate all teahcers and sank you.

It is very interestin article. I studed many years ago and I didn't like to study and so I speak English very very bad.

At future with AI, on the teacher day, would stay the sense of human people?. Hi everyone, the words that teachers plants, are kind and grow up around our lifetime like a child. the basic right, not is the education, the question is how to cultivate an smile along the life.

I remember my physics professor in high school, he gave me confidence I was a good student a that I should look for a scientific carrer.

I have a teacher who encourages me to study hard and not wasting time because I can play later when I see the result of my success.
This teacher have a special place in my heart❤️

I remember when I was younger, I had a teacher that gave me a english book, she saw my desire to learn, I couldn't buy a book those years, today I am learning, and I'm so happy. Thanks a lot!