World Teachers’ Day was established in 1994 by UNESCO to recognise the vital role that teachers play in society. This year’s theme has been ‘Young Teachers: The Future of the Profession.’
While the day is an occasion that celebrates the high quality of all teachers and the significant contributions they make in classrooms and communities, the broader theme recognises the teaching profession worldwide. It reminds us of the values, challenges, roles and duties of a teacher in our daily life.
These challenges and transformations of the 21st century require taking onboard the changing climate of education and schooling, the need to draw in and retain a new generation of dedicated educators, and to prepare them for the 21st century challenges of ‘teaching in diversity’ and ‘diversity in teaching.’
Teachers are often attracted to the vocation due to sense of service. They usually have this deep, perceptible urge to make a difference in others’ lives. By being an educator, we clearly see the fruits of our labour every single day as we use our knowledge and intelligence to encourage students to become excited and eager with learning.
Experienced teachers always marvel at the priceless joy that comes from seeing the progress of their students. Through time, we gain new knowledge, deeper interest in our subjects and learn what fires our passion most. Our role as teachers is to mould the future by influencing students’ views and understanding. We help them develop behaviour, adopt creativity, view the world positively and find the potential they need to lead a happy, healthy and productive life.
Talk to all the teachers you know and only a few will tell you that being a teacher is something they regret doing. Common reason is that they find fulfillment in influencing students and helping them in shaping the future. For some, an amazing teacher changed their life when they were younger, and they want to share that with a new generation of students.
While it may not be the same for each and every educator, there will always be good reasons to become one. Every teacher devotes his or her life to education for reasons as individual to them as any other part of their identity. Reasons for becoming a teacher are almost universal in the desire to impact their students’ lives.
Mr Greg Stewart, Principal