Ghana joins the world today to celebrate World Teachers Day.
The day set aside nine years ago on October 5, 1994 by UNESCO, is to commemorate the teaching profession’s contribution to educating children of the world.
In Ghana, under the theme, ‘Valuing teachers, improving their value” the day is going to be marked with an award ceremony that would see the Ministry of Education rewarding a total of 72 teachers, 10 national service people and three foreign volunteer teachers as well as 20 retired teachers for their contribution to education in the country.
The award ceremony which takes place today at the Jubilee Park, Sunyani, in the Brong-Ahafo Region, coincides with the worldwide celebration. Frankly, the theme for the celebration is most fitting because the world over, teachers are the heart of education.
There is therefore, every reason to celebrate the gallant teachers who without doubt serve as the key that open doors to the world of knowledge.
They have under various conditions- good or bad fulfilled their obligations and brought knowledge to schools, homes and communities.
Without doubt, these heroic women and men defy all odds and through their efforts and imagination inspire students to blossom to become knowledgeable adults.
These students become responsible adults and citizens who assume the mantle of leadership of our country.
We must therefore, celebrate these courageous citizens and it’s commendable that a number of them would be recognised today in Sunyani.
The Times joins the entire country to say Ayeeko to the gallant teachers for their sacrifice and for providing us with knowledge.
Although, we believe that the award to the selected teachers is to motivate them to effectively discharge their responsibilities, it’s important that they pay more attention to the welfare of the teachers.
It is not enough to make the day to reward few of them. Incentives for all teachers must increase and facilities to motivate them must be provided.
The complaints from teachers in the rural areas about lack of facilities and equipment for teaching and learning is demotivating and must be addressed to encourage them to do more.
Once again, we congratulate all teachers and say Ayeeko!!!