[www.inewsguyana.com] – Chief Education Officer Olato Sam has called on Teachers across to country to ensure that their daily lifestyles emulate the qualities of respect, self-awareness and self-confidence, nationalism and an interminable commitment to personal development.
Speaking on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day 2015, Sam said that while these are the qualities children are to internalize, it cannot be learned in abstract but must be lived by those teaching it.
“Our teachers and teaching need to be valorized, enabling educators to be the models of excellence they should be for the nation’s youth. I therefore encourage everyone to join the Ministry of Education in recognizing the critical role our teachers play in our society and supporting their efforts in molding our nation’s children,” he said.
Sam believes that the celebration of another World Teachers’ Day under the theme “Empowering Teachers, Building Sustainable Societies”, presents an ideal opportunity to collectively address the standing of teachers in Guyana.
“I have consistently posited that our teachers are to be recognized as the agents of nation building that they are. They too, at all levels, must internalize the deep significance they hold in the national developmental agenda,” he added.
Sam says he strongly feel that it is only when teachers are recognized as the foot soldiers in national transformation that their professional standing and social positioning are going to be properly addressed.
“To this end, the Ministry of Education has recognized the key role it must play in creating the enabling environment for teachers to effectively fulfill their mandate. Widespread consultation is now a mandatory element in the crafting of key education policies. Teachers’ positions are critical components factored into the development of strategies approaches. Departments of Education have, for some time, begun the transformation from ‘command centres’ to ‘development centres’; with the empowerment of teachers as a major strategic plan. The expansion of the scope of education managers—heads—was a noteworthy step in that direction. There is clearly more work to be done in this regard, however, there is widespread appreciation of its importance and value to the system and the commitment to seeing it realized.”