On World Teacher’s Day (today), the Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (Fedsas) acknowledges the determination and passion with which the world’s 63 million educators have been doing their work since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr Jaco Deacon, acting CEO of Fedsas, says while teachers are enjoying a well-deserved break on this day, Fedsas is encouraging governing bodies and the school community to celebrate the day on the first Friday of the fourth term (15 October).
“It is also important to acknowledge the emotional impact that lockdown and emergency online education has on the well-being of teachers. Teachers are the carriers of dreams. Career days are popular days at schools and allow learners to show off their dreams for their future.
“What is normally a fun day at school, is also a reminder of the responsibility resting on teachers to turn these dreams into reality. The manner in which they have been doing it amidst the disruption of the past two years is commendable.”
Deacon says teachers are the most important asset in the school system. “As the broader school community it is our duty to see to it that teachers have everything they need to do their work as valuable specialists.”
Fedas is encouraging governing bodies, parents, learners and other role-players to start planning for the celebration of World Teachers’ Day at their school. “Take a look at the Fedsas video on social media and use the hashtags #thankyouteacher and #fedsas to acknowledge our teachers on social media,” says Deacon.
Compiled by Pieter Delport