Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
The slogan for World Teachers’ Day 2013 that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization celebrated last October 5 was “A Call for Teachers!”. The UNESCO explains that because teachers are the most powerful force for equity, access and quality education, a call for teachers means calling for quality education for all.
The UNESCO adds that quality education offers hope and the promise of a better standard of living and that there is no stronger foundation for lasting peace and sustainable development than a quality education provided by well trained, valued, supported and motivated teachers. The UN organization concedes that there is a huge shortage of professional, well-trained and well-supported teachers and the challenge of recruiting teachers does not just lie in the numbers, but in the provision of quality teachers. Far too often teachers remain under-qualified, poorly paid and with low status. In countries like the Philippines the problem is exacerbated by teachers having not enough classrooms, and what there are being ill-equipped and overloaded.
Our Department of Education joined the UNESCO in celebrating World Teacher’s Day with its own theme: “My Teacher, My Hero”, where DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro hailed teachers as the prime instruments of education and molders of young minds. He adds that we are where we are because of the teachers that have touched our lives.
There are good teachers and there are not-so-good teachers but the bottom line is, our society owes a lot to the teachers who have dedicated their lives to the education of our youth. We can honor the good ones by thanking and giving them credit for their contributions in uplifting our lives whenever the opportunity presents itself. As for the ones who need improvement, let us continue to remind our government that its duty does not end with providing enough teachers for all the students of the country, but it has to provide those teachers, exceptional or not, with the motivation, the tools, and the training to be able to do their jobs well and instill a love for learning among their students.
The future of our country lies with the youth whose hearts and minds are in the hands of teachers. As we take this opportunity to thank them for their contributions, let us also remind them of the gravity of that responsibility and implore our government to give them all the assistance they need in their quest to build a better Philippines.*