The 5th day of October is annually celebrated as World Teacher’s Day and this year is no different as the world appreciates teachers and what they have done for us. World Teachers’ Day celebrates the efforts teachers make to education and development of people around the globe. We probably have had a favourite, and not so favourite, teacher growing up – however, it must be appreciated how difficult a job it can be.

The theme of this year’s Teacher’s Day is ‘Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers’, as UNESCO focuses on professors, teachers, researchers and others who otherwise provide educational services to students at institutions of higher learning. The work of these educators was the subject of a daylong series of seminars that held today at UNESCO’s Headquarters. The empowerment of teachers emerged as a priority when the United Nations adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal for Education (SDG4). It requires teachers to enjoy professional independence, freedom and the tools needed to deliver quality education, which must take into account learners’ circumstances, needs and expectations.

The empowerment of teachers emerged as a priority when the United Nations adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal for Education (SDG4). It requires teachers to enjoy professional independence, freedom and the tools needed to deliver quality education, which must take into account learners’ circumstances, needs and expectations. But crises, conflicts, insecurity, rising intolerance and discrimination, as well as budgetary restrictions are some of the factors affecting teachers in Nigeria and much of the world, undermining both their freedom and empowerment.

Despite all of these, most teachers still wake up every school day and head of to their various schools to teach. As Ms. Faith Asiegbu, a French teacher at Chrisland School, Victoria Garden City said, “It (teaching) is fun and challenging, but most importantly, the beauty of the profession is seeing children reach their goals in life.”

So, on this day and after, we celebrate with, and commend, every teacher for every effort that they put into their work, and resultantly, into bettering the world. We see you all and love you.

 

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