GIS:-The Saint Lucia Teachers’ Union will Honor Retired Teachers at its Annual Gala Dinner on Oct. 7.
Saint Lucian teachers are observing Teachers’ Week, from Oct. 1 – 8.
The event coincides with World Teachers’ Day observed annually on Oct. 5.
Vern Charles, Public Relations Officer for the Saint Lucia Teachers’ Union, said Teachers’ Week in Saint Lucia is an occasion to highlight the achievements of teachers.
The program of activities began with an ecumenical service on Sunday, Oct. 1, and continued on Thursday, Oct. 5 with the 10th Education Conference.
“This conference is for branch presidents, shop stewards and principals who meet to discuss issues affecting our education sector and the chart the way forward,” Mr. Charles said. “On Friday, “Teacher Appreciation Day,” is where students, parents, and the community show appreciation to the teachers for what they do for them.”
The Saint Lucia Teachers’ Union will also be honoring retired teachers at its annual gala dinner slated for Oct. 7.
“With our retirees, you have people who have served for over 40 years. They have given of their time, talents, treasures and we want to thank them. We usually send them off in a big way. On Sunday, Oct. 8, we end with our teacher’s rally.”
Meanwhile, in the midst of their celebrations, Saint Lucian teachers have recognized the plight of their regional counterparts affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and in this regard have decided to mobilize efforts to lend assistance.
“Our hearts go out to them. Some of them have nothing left. No homes, no clothes, no food, and we want to reach out to them. So the SLTU has launched an appeal called “Lend a Hand Appeal,” and basically we are asking our teachers to make a financial contribution which will go to assisting our colleagues in the various islands. Apart from the teachers, we have parents and ancillary staff who are contributing in that regard. So we are celebrating being teachers but we also remembering the other teachers in the other islands, and we are trying our best to reach out to them through our “Lend a Hand Appeal.”
Teachers Week is being observed under the theme “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers.”