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Celebrating World Teachers’ Day

Teachers all over Fiji with their counterparts worldwide celebrated World Teachers’ Day on October 5. This event has been held annually on October 5, since 1994; when it was created
05 Oct 2014 13:44
Celebrating World Teachers’ Day
Minister for Education Rosy Akbar visited Ratu Kadavulevu School yesterday.

Teachers all over Fiji with their counterparts worldwide celebrated World Teachers’ Day on October 5.
This event has been held annually on October 5, since 1994; when it was created by UNESCO-to celebrate teachers work worldwide.
Its aim is to mobilize support for teachers. On this World Teachers’ Day as teachers celebrate  across the world, we assert the need to ensure that the role teachers play in achieving quality education for all, is clearly articulated and reflected in policies which will foster a motivated, valued and effective teaching force
Here in Fiji, teachers have contributed a lot to the various developments carried out.
An educationist said – “Teachers must be communicators, leaders, nurturers, accountants, readers, writers, mathematicians, historians, scientists and disciplinarians. They deal with everything from bathroom disasters to skinned knees, fragile egos and the inability to comprehend fractions.”
He adds – “Apart from inculcating proper values during a person’s formative years, which promotes responsible citizenship, teachers play a crucial role in developing national competitiveness”
According to the George Lucas Educational Foundation in today’s world of education, a teacher’s role is quite multifaceted. Their job is to counsel students, help them learn how to use their knowledge, and integrate it into their lives so they will be valuable members of society. Teacher’s are encouraged to really tune into how each individual student learns, and try to really challenge and inspire them to learn.
Surely, they needed a day to celebrate and also to be recognised by the community on their huge contribution to the children who will be our future leaders.
Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, already aired his concern on the condition of teachers’ houses in rural areas.
Faced with such high expectations, teachers often feel undervalued, insufficiently supported and ill- equipped professionally to cope with the realities of the environments in which they work.
Realistically the teaching profession faces the challenge of providing quality education to meet the demands of the 21st Century. Economic, social, scientific and technological needs, the issue of sustainable development, poverty reduction and related questions of decent work for all and school violence are increasingly impacting on the profession.
As they end of their celebration, they should be happy with the announcement made by the Prime Minister yesterday when he said – “Working with the civil service and not against it, we intend to promote a culture of excellence at al levels. And we intendd to improve civil service pay and conditions so that we can attract the best and brightest people to Government.”

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