Press Release:– Saint Lucian teachers are joining their counterparts around the world in observing today, October 5th 2021, as World Teachers’ Day, under the theme: Teachers at the Heart of Education Recovery.
The theme pays tribute to the steadfast efforts of teachers worldwide, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, where long periods of instruction are being administered online.
Minister for Education, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Science, Technology and Vocational Training Hon. Shawn Edward, in recognizing the sterling efforts of local teachers on a whole, noted that Saint Lucian educators remain unwavering in their support and commitment to their students, despite the toll that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have had on the teaching profession.
The Minister, who is himself a trained educator, commended Saint Lucian teachers for their hard work, patience, commitment and sacrifice made in educating the nation and helping create professionals in every field, especially during the challenges of online learning amidst the global pandemic.
“I really must take the opportunity to thank the hundreds of teachers in this country, who have always put themselves on the line for our children. We cannot over emphasise the role that teachers play in nation-building, and as the minister for Education I just want to take the opportunity, on behalf on the Honourable Prime Minister Philip J Pierre, my Cabinet colleagues and the senior management team of the Ministry of Education to tell the teachers of this country, how much we appreciate the efforts that they make, particularly during the period of the pandemic,” the Minister said.
Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Science, Technology and Vocational Training Sen. Hon. Dr. Pauline Antoine-Prospere also expressed heartfelt congratulations to local educators on the occasion of World Teachers Day, noting their strong resolve to get the job done amidst all the challenges of providing instruction during the pandemic.
Dr. Antoine-Prospere, a lifelong educator, said, “We have traversed this pandemic for the past year and a half, and I know it has been very challenging for you and that you may not be able to celebrate as you may wish today, but on behalf of the Ministry of Education I would like to wish you a pleasant day, and I would like to thank you for all of the sacrifices that you have made during this pandemic.”
Acting Chief Education Officer Cirus Cepal has meantime called on students, parents and well-wishers throughout the country to find creative ways of communicating their appreciation for the hard work of local educators.
“We just want to say to the students, parents and other stakeholder, you are not meeting the teachers face-to-face but you are online and you can still send them the congratulatory messages and the little tokens you would have done,” Mr. Cepal said.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1994, declared World Teachers’ Day be observed on October 5.
The day coincides with the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation, concerning the Status of Teachers.