by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): World Teachers’ Day, celebrated annually on October 05, marks the role teachers play in the development of society through their investment in children’s education.
This year’s theme is “The transformation of education begins with teachers”.
In a joint Message from Ms. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, Mr. Gilbert F. Houngbo, Director-General of International Labour Organization, Ms. Catherine Russell, Executive Director of UNICEF, Mr. David Edwards, General Secretary of Education International, said they “celebrate the critical role of teachers in transforming learners’ potential by ensuring they have the tools they need to take responsibility for themselves, for others and the planet. We call on countries to ensure that teachers are trusted and recognised as knowledge producers, reflective practitioners, and policy partners.”
On World Teachers’ Day, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Hon. Dr. Geoffrey Hanley pointed out the invaluable contribution of teachers to the task of nation-building.
“As we look toward the future, it is my intent to ensure that teachers are treated with the utmost respect, honour and have an opportunity for their voices to be heard. I have heard your cry and promise that I will work assiduously with my team to deliver the “New Deal”. Teachers, words do not adequately express our gratitude for your hard work, dedication and high level of commitment to your craft. Rest assured that your work does not go unnoticed.”
The Federation is celebrating teachers with various educational institution celebrating their teachers through a week of activities.
See full address here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nveIKqSxV_M