World Teachers’ Day opportunity to highlight challenges – Jacobs

POSTED: 10/4/12 12:41 PM

St. Maarten -On Friday, St.Maarten will join the rest of the world in celebration World Teachers’ Day. The theme for this year’s commemoration is Taking a Stand for Teachers.
“The international day is an opportunity to highlight the challenges facing the teaching profession. It is essential to give this day much visibility and impact as much as possible,” Education Minister Silveria Jacobs said on Wednesday.
A special organizing committee has been installed to ensure that the contributions of teachers are highlighted during a month long celebration.
Activities will commence with special church on Sunday at the New Testament Baptist Church in Philipsburg from 11:00 am. At this service, Pastor John will officiate and all teachers are being encouraged to come out and participate in the event.
In extending congratulations to past and present teachers, the Education Minister disclosed that the Kids Herald will be visiting schools in the upcoming week to interview students on their thoughts on special educators. Students are also being asked to write essays on their special teacher which must be submitted by Tuesday in order to be published in the Kids Herald on Wednesday. A representative from the organizing committee will be visiting the various schools to pick up the essays.
At the end of the month, a teacher award ceremony will be held. Details of this event are still to be announced but the minister took the opportunity at Wednesday’s Council of Ministers press conference to urge school boards to select special teachers for recognition at the award ceremony.
“I think it’s about time and I hereby would like to encourage teachers from all the various schools to find representatives who would then come together to form a teachers association which would then, together with government and the business community, be able to put together more elaborate celebrations,” Minister Jacobs added.
Teachers are currently on holiday and will therefore pass World Teachers Day out of the classroom.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Director General Irina Bokova made a special appeal for teachers to be treated with more respect in every society.
“On this day, we call for teachers to receive supportive environments, adequate quality training as well as ‘safeguards’ for teachers’ rights and responsibilities. We expect a lot from teachers – they, in turn, are right to expect as much from us. This World Teachers’ Day is an opportunity for all to take a stand.”

“There can be no quality education without competent and motivated teachers. Teachers are among the many factors that keep children in school and influence learning. They help students think critically, process information from several sources, work cooperatively, tackle problems and make informed choices.
Why take a stand for teachers? Because the profession is losing status in many parts of the world. World Teachers’ Day calls attention the need to raise the status of the profession – not only for the benefit of teachers and students, but for society as a whole, to acknowledge the crucial role teachers play in building the future,” UNESCO continued.

The Philipsburg Jubilee Library will also have special screenings of movies on teachers throughout the month.

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