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Jamaica Gleaner - - MESSAGES -

ED­U­CA­TION IS the foun­da­tion of all hu­man ad­vance­ment and our teach­ers are ar­chi­tects, builders and lead­ers in this vi­tal process. It is against this back­ground that I am de­lighted to join the rest of the world in cel­e­brat­ing World Teach­ers’ Day. This year’s theme: ‘Valu­ing Teach­ers, Im­prov­ing their Sta­tus’ sum­mons the global so­ci­ety to recog­nise the vi­tal role teach­ers play in in­di­vid­ual and col­lec­tive progress in all civil­i­sa­tions. It also of­fers the im­por­tant re­minder that en­hanc­ing the ca­pac­ity and con­di­tions of teach­ers is im­por­tant for con­tin­ued in­di­vid­ual, na­tional and global de­vel­op­ment. We cel­e­brate World Teach­ers’ Day amid the con­tin­u­ing evo­lu­tion and trans­for­ma­tion of teach­ing as an in­creas­ingly mul­ti­fac­eted pro­fes­sion. The ob­ser­vance this year also comes on the 50th an­niver­sary of the UN­ESCO/In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­gan­i­sa­tion rec­om­men­da­tions which ar­tic­u­lated teach­ing and

learn­ing con­di­tions, set out the rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of teach­ers, and es­tab­lished in­ter­na­tional stan­dards for their prepa­ra­tion, fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion, re­cruit­ment and em­ploy­ment.

I use the op­por­tu­nity of World Teach­ers’ Day 2016 to salute the ded­i­cated, hard­work­ing and vi­tal cadre of teach­ers at all lev­els of the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem in Ja­maica. I com­mend our teacher-train­ing in­sti­tu­tions and recog­nise the Ja­maican teach­ers who are con­tribut­ing to im­prov­ing ed­u­ca­tional out­comes in so­ci­eties all over the world. Happy World Teach­ers’ Day. POR­TIA SIMP­SON MILLER Leader of the Op­po­si­tion

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