FG unveils activities to commemorate World Teachers’ Day
By Rosemary Ogbonnaya
Ahead of the 2021 World Teachers’ Day coming up on the 5th of October, the Federal Government has unveiled its lined up activities to celebrate teachers all over the world.
Enumerating the lined up of activities to commemorate World Teachers’ Day on Tuesday in Abuja, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu said the ministry will hold symposium on Thursday, 30 September, 2021 to create an avenue for experts in the profession to deliberate on the implication of the WTD theme as it affects teachers in Nigeria.
Adamu said UNESCO designated 2021 theme” Teachers at the Heart of Education Recovery” to elucidates how teachers all over the world ingeniously prevented the total collapse of the education system at the onset of Covid-19 pandemic and their resilience to ensure stability in the restoration process regardless of the pandemic continuum.
Represented by the Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Adamu said the adoption of WTD recommendation by the United Nations on 5™ October, 1994 is a milestone worthy of commemoration to continually add value to the status of teachers.
“It is important to note that every year, the designated theme for WTD commemoration complements the UNESCO and International Labour Organizations (ILO) laudable recommendation of 1966 that highlighted the global recognition of the inestimable value of the teaching profession in nation building. The adoption of this recommendation by the United Nations on 5™ October, 1994 is a milestone worthy of commemoration to continually add value to the status of teachers.”
He said the sub-topics for discussion are, “We Teach Who We Are, The Potential Impact of The Extension of Service Year and Improved Remuneration on the Role of Teachers as the Heart of Education Recovery and “ Revision of Teacher Education Curriculum is a Continuum to Ensure that Teachers Function Effectively as the Heart of Education Recovery”
He said on Tuesday, 5 October, the Ministry will host representatives of NUT nationwide and other dignitaries at Eagle Square. The meritorious winners of the Presidents’ Teachers Excellence Award for Best Public School, Best Approved Private School, Best Public School Teacher, Best Approved Private School Teacher and Best Public School Administrator will also receive their respective coveted prizes.
Also, updates on the implementation status of the President’s landmark 20 pronouncements on the approved strategies to re-position and re-vitalize the teaching profession would be given, said the Minister.