World Teachers’ Day 2012

World Teachers' Day Celebration in Samoa (c) UNESCO Apia

Take a stand for teachers!: World Teachers’ Day 2012

World teachers’ day has been held annually on October 5th, 1994m and was created by UNESCO to celebrate the work of teachers worldwide.  The theme for 2012 is “Take a stand for teachers” and UNESCO is celebrating along with its partners, the International Labour Organisation, UNDP, UNICEF and Education International. 

This year’s theme promotes the provision of adequate training, ongoing teacher professional development and the protection of teachers’ rights.  Having well qualified and motivated teachers offers hope and the promise of a better standard of living.  Teachers play a crucial role in building for the future.  Teachers are one of the important influences in keeping children at school and supporting students to develop critical thinking skills, to work cooperatively, process information and make informed choices about their lives and their futures is part of the role of a teacher.  In many parts of the world the status of teachers is low and the theme ‘Taking a stand for teachers’ is to acknowledge the crucial role teachers play in developing young people for the future.

Teachers need to be well prepared and supported for their role.  Without quality teachers there cannot be a quality education system.  Teachers have a responsibility to create a safe and conducive environment for children to learn in.  Investing in teaching will support the development of local economies, cohesive societies and opportunities for all to reach their potential. 

In Samoa World Teachers’ Day was marked by a series of events in the preceding week, including a display in the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture Headquarters, teachers’ conferences in both islands and culminating with an official ceremony at the Government Buildings.  The keynote address by Afioga Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi reinforcing the importance of having quality teachers was followed by a short ceremony to present awards to teachers of excellence. The ceremony was concluded by several dance performances by teachers from Aana districts, Savai’i and Palauli Districts.

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