World Teacher's Day - President Zuma pays tribute

2017-10-05 13:25
President Jacob Zuma. (File)

President Jacob Zuma. (File)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma on Thursday paid homage to teachers saying they needed to be supported and resourced to shape the future.

"Let's continue to support, empower and provide necessary tools to our teachers in order for them to thrive in their profession. On behalf of government, we wish all our teachers a happy and productive World Teacher's Day," said Zuma on Thursday.

Held annually on October 5 since 1994, the day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Recommendation concerning the status of teachers.

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The president said that there was great value and appreciation for those who shape the minds of young people.

"We join the world today on this special [day], under the auspices of the United Nations, where as a country, we honour and value our teachers' immense contribution and dedication to deliver quality education and shaping our future as a nation."

Vital contribution

Meanwhile, MEC for education in the Western Cape Debbie Schäfer said that the day represented "a significant effort to raise awareness, understanding and appreciation for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development across the world.

"We depend absolutely on teachers to make this possible. For this reason, we are committed to acknowledging our teachers who do so much to motivate and inspire our learners."

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She said that teachers often went by unappreciated.

"Some of the greatest things on earth have been done or achieved by people who you have never heard of, quietly dedicating their lives to improving those of others.

"Our teachers are some of those people, and we are very fortunate in the Western Cape to have many educators who continue to go selflessly beyond the call of duty to ensure that their learners receive the best quality education."

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