Friday, 5 October 2012

Take a stand!

Teaching profession does usually attract people who have in common the will and persistence to care for others and help them grow. Also commonly in that care for others, they forget to care for themselves and get lost among the papers, books and layers of chalk. So this Teachers' Day I decided to pass on the words of UNESCO:

Taking a stand for the teaching profession means providing adequate training, ongoing professional development, and protection for teachers’ rights.
All over the world, a quality education offers hope and the promise of a better standard of living. However, there can be no quality education without competent and motivated teachers.
Teachers are among the many factors that keep children in school and influence learning. They help students think critically, process information from several sources, work cooperatively, tackle problems and make informed choices.
Why take a stand for teachers? Because the profession is losing status in many parts of the world.. World Teachers’ Day calls attention (to) the need to raise the status of the profession - not only for the benefit of teachers and students, but for society as a whole, to acknowledge the crucial role teachers play in building the future.

So in the face of everything stacked against our hopes and dreams keep leaving your mark and making a difference. But never forget to care for yourself - it's the only way you can be the best possible version of you for others. 

Have a happy one colleagues!!
All my love and respect,

1 comment:

  1. Dear Dora, you continually impress me with your optimism and the desire to make things change and to make a difference. And thank you for that, because you influence me too, in many more ways that you probably imagine. I myself, as a teacher, feel too depressed too often, not so much because of my students and lessons but because of the condition of our profession and because of the attitude of most (!) teachers I work with. You will understand what I'm trying to say.:) Yes, we are underpaid, but there are so many other ways in which we undermnine our own profession, and it is we, the teachers, who do that. I'm speaking from a very specific point of view (which you know), but there is most definitely something to it. The difference to be made must start with the teachers, their notion of their jobs must be changed, and then, perhaps, the global attitude will change as well...some day. I have a feeling that I've written a very complicated comment but I hope you will understand me.;)