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Why Teaching Touch, Valuable Job: 36-Year Veteran Ratuvutu

Why Teaching Touch, Valuable Job: 36-Year Veteran Ratuvutu
Retired school teacher Louisa Ratuvutu (middle) while celebrating World Teacher’s Day at Labasa Sangam College on September 12, 2018.
September 13
10:00 2018


Teaching is a noble profession that shapes the character, calibre and future of an individual.

After 36 years in the profession Louisa Ratuvutu, who retired on August 22, 2018, said of all the tough jobs around the hardest is being a “good teacher”.

“If the people remember me as a good teacher that will be the biggest honour for me,” Ms Ratuvutu said.

“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

“I am a teacher. It’s how I define myself. A good teacher isn’t someone, who gives the answers out to their kids, but is understanding of needs and challenges and gives tools to help other people succeed.

“That’s the way I see myself, so whatever it is that I will do eventually after politics, it’ll have to do alot with teaching.”

“I have learned that, although I am a good teacher, I am a much better student, and I was blessed to learn valuable lessons from my students on a daily basis.

“They taught me the importance of teaching to a student – and not to a test,” she said.

Speaking at Labasa Sangam College yesterday to commemorate World Teacher’s Day, the 55-year-old said the best part of teaching was seeing their students achieve their goals.

The Nabouono, Macuata native achieved her Bachelor in Language, Literature and Education at the University of the South Pacific, before furthering her studies in a Post Graduate Diploma in Education in 2008.

Students of Labasa Sangam College wore their best “Kalavata”, treated teachers with the best refreshments and entertainment, awarding them with certificates in appreciation of their perseverance in the education fields.

World Teachers Day is held annually on September or October.

It is observed around the world since 1994 after the UNESCO Recommendation concerning teachers.

Edited by Percy Kean


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