by Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Minister of Education, Jonel Powell is joining the global community in recognition of teachers on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day which is being celebrated under the theme “Teachers at the Heart of Education Recovery”.
In a statement by the Education Minister, he highlighted the resilience displayed by the nation’s teachers in ensuring that our youths’ access to education is not adversely affected.
The minister said “in spite of the many challenges, teachers are coming out of their comfort zone to teach children online. More teachers are accepting the call for resilience and creativity to be able to deliver relevant and quality education even as we grapple with the ongoing impact of the coronavirus. In an instance, the coronavirus threatened, and continues to threaten, the delivery of face-to-face instructions in schools. As a result, face-to-face instructions now put at risk the lives of teachers, their students and all who work within learning institutions.”
“Today, the country celebrates our teachers for the multifaceted role that they have taken on in the fight against the pandemic. The nation celebrates teachers for their innovativeness and creativity in ensuring that students’ needs are addressed. St. Kitts and Nevis celebrates its teachers for their commitment and dedication in reporting to work daily. The Federation celebrates you, our teachers for the many personal sacrifices and selflessness in giving your time, expertise and personal resources for the cause of education in this, our beloved country,” the minister said.
World Teachers’ Day is held annually on October 05 to celebrate all teachers around the globe. It commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 International Labour Organization/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which 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 personnel in higher education. World Teachers’ Day has been celebrated since 1994.