World Teachers’ Day 2021
My Fellow teachers,
We celebrate on the 5th of October World teachers’ day, an event marked by over 100 countries, with the theme ‘’ Teachers at the heart of education recovery”.
The covid 19 pandemic has required of teachers that they tap into their resources to keep a sense of normality for the students, in the middle of an unprecedented crisis for them, their families, and the world at large. You teachers have been asked to work in extreme conditions during two successive lockdowns, transforming your practice, routines, bearings and having your mental health tested. In these uncertain times, the teaching world is nonetheless asked to look to the future, hence the theme of this year’s celebration. Although the education system has been strongly challenged, and you may still be asked to show flexibility in the near future, I want you all to remember that your role as teacher is at the very heart of surviving this chaotic time. Showing resilience, patience and resolve to keep education afloat, and eventually for education to recover, is of paramount importance. The efforts you put in is a determining element on the ability for children to pursue their learning journey, or to give up altogether. This has never been truer today when some children’s ability to navigate difficult times seems to have reached its limits. I want to encourage you to keep going to keep the flame of your vocation alive, for the benefit of all the children you encounter. The role of teachers has a ripple effect on society at large and is the key to recovering from the setbacks that covid -19 imposed on us all.
As we mark this event, during which educators around the world are honoured, I would like to tell you that the efforts that you made to go above and beyond during the pandemic, are seen, appreciated, and celebrated. May you remember how crucial it is that you help positively steer the course of those pupils who have been entrusted with as going forward. I want to leave you with a quote I came across as inspiration and a reminder of the pivotal role you play in education recovery: Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.
Happy Teachers ‘Day to you all.
Laval Grenade (Mr)
Deputy Director, Head of Primary