MES­SAGES Con­tinue af­firm­ing teacher qual­ity

Jamaica Gleaner - - MESSAGES -

AS A trained teacher and for­mer ed­u­ca­tional leader, I am very pleased to join the Ja­maica Teach­ing Coun­cil (JTC) and the rest of the world in com­mem­o­rat­ing World Teach­ers’ Day 2016. Cel­e­brated on Oc­to­ber 5 ev­ery year since 1994, this vi­tal event ac­knowl­edges and pro­motes the im­por­tant role teach­ers play in shap­ing the minds of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

‘Valu­ing Teach­ers, Im­prov­ing their Sta­tus’, is an ap­pro­pri­ately cho­sen theme for this year’s cel­e­bra­tions, es­pe­cially as it re­flects the sig­nif­i­cance of the UN­ESCO/In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ILO) rec­om­men­da­tions which marks its 50th an­niver­sary.

The UN­ESCO/ILO rec­om­men­da­tions, which in­clude the dec­la­ra­tion of ed­u­ca­tion as a fun­da­men­tal hu­man right, the ac­knowl­edge­ment of the es­sen­tial role of teach­ers to so­ci­ety and the es­tab­lish­ment of in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and de­fined re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of teach­ers, have proven vi­tal for the ad­vance­ment of the pro­fes­sion glob­ally.

Within our lo­cal con­text, the Ja­maica Teach­ing Coun­cil has com­mend­ably been en­act­ing the UN­ESCO/ILO rec­om­men­da­tions by the em­pha­sis placed on con­tin­u­ing pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment through work­shops, con­fer­ences and the es­tab­lish­ment of In­ter­net- based pro­fes­sional com­mu­ni­ties. Their an­nual re­wards and recog­ni­tion pro­gramme ex­e­cuted through the Qual­ity Ed­u­ca­tion Cir­cle, Sym­po­sium and the an­nual church ser­vice are also im­por­tant mo­ti­va­tional tools for en­rich­ing teacher qual­ity.

It is a fact that good teach­ers in­spire hope and ig­nite the imag­i­na­tion of their pupils. Many teach­ers have even gone the ex­tra mile to en­sure that their stu­dents are equipped with the men­tal and so­cial-skills as well as the in­no­va­tive­ness and self con­fi­dence which make them use­ful cit­i­zens. There­fore, it is only fit­ting that the Ja­maica Teach­ing Coun­cil be en­cour­aged to con­tinue af­firm­ing teacher qual­ity through their recog­ni­tion of teacher ex­cel­lence by way of the ac­tiv­i­ties to com­mem­o­rate World Teach­ers’ Day.I use this oc­ca­sion to ex­tend best re­gards to all our teach­ers for con­tin­u­ing to per­form above and be­yond the call of duty.Happy World Teach­ers’ Day! SIR PA­TRICK ALLEN Gov­er­nor Gen­eral

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