The transformation of Education begins with Teachers

Written By: / Articles / Wednesday, 05 October 2022 18:02

World Teachers’ Day is held on 5 October to celebrate all teachers around the globe. It commemorates the anniversary of adoption of 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the status of Teachers, which sets benchmark regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment and teaching learning conditions. The Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher- Education Teaching personnel was adopted in 1997 to complement the 1966 Recommendation by covering teaching personnel in higher education. World Teachers’ has been celebrated since 1994. It is a day to celebrate how teachers are transforming education but also to reflect on the support they need to fully deploy their talent and vocation and to rethink the way ahead of for profession globally. World Teachers Day is co-convened in partnership with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), UBICEF and Education International (EI). Today, on World Teachers Day, we celebrate the critical role of teachers in transforming learners’ potential by ensuring they have the tools they need to take responsibility for themselves, for others and for the planet. We call on countries to ensure that teachers are trusted and recognized as knowledge producers, reflective practitioners and policy partners. The theme for World Teachers Day 2022 is “The transformation of education begins with teachers’’. Celebration will address the commitments and calls for action made at the Transforming Education Summit in September 2022 and analyses the implication they have for teachers and teaching. The three day celebration at UNESCO Headquarters will include the awarding ceremony of the UNESCO-Hamdan Prize for Teacher Development and a series of events showcasing how guarantying teachers ‘ decent working conditions, access to professional development opportunities and a recognized professional status is a first step towards more resilient education system. UNESCO is working to leverage the vital role of these primary change-agents.
Mahatma Gandhi once said “I have always felt that the true textbook for the pupil is his teacher.” We interact and learn from various teachers from the moment we are born until the day we develop into remarkable personalities and well-known leaders. Our parents are our primary teachers, followed by the teachers we encounter at school and the strangers we come across in life. World teacher’s day is celebrated in appreciation of teachers globally. All teachers have something to teach us. Guru, coach, master, teacher, trainer, pandit, or instructor, these are some of the few titles we address our teachers with after our family teachers lay the foundation of our knowledge and perspective on life. Our school and college life’s major highlights are the teachers and professors. Even famous people believe that instructors serve as our outside-the-home parents, role models, and sources of inspiration. They cheer for world teachers’ day. They would not have accomplished so much in their life without their priceless lessons.
The single most significant element influencing how much kids learn is their teachers. Children are given the tools to analyze, solve problems, and apply information efficiently, thus they are given more than simply information. Nearly 85 million teachers are employed globally, with 9.4 million working in pre-primary, 30.3 million in primary, 18.1 in lower secondary, 14.0 in upper secondary, and 12.5 in university education. Just for primary and secondary education, an extra 68.8 million teachers will be needed to be hired by 2030: 20 million are needed to increase access to primary and secondary education, and 49 million are needed to replace those who leave the job. In order to close the childcare gap, the global childcare workforce must grow by 32 million. According to research, a significant factor influencing children’s learning and well-being is the caliber of their teachers. An increase in pupil learning over many school years can result from switching from a subpar instructor to a fantastic one. Additionally, excellent instructors have a significant effect on students’ overall well-being throughout their life, influencing not only their academic performance but also other long-term social and occupational results. However, a sizable portion of kids lacks access to qualified teachers. A survey conducted in six Sub-Saharan African nations revealed three alarming truths. First, because of frequent teacher absences, kids only receive 2.5 hours and 50 minutes of instruction each day, or slightly over half the allotted time. The most obvious sign that a teacher does not value student-teacher interaction for learning is when they are absent from class. Second, just 84% of grade 4 instructors have attained the required level of curriculum understanding. Third, less than one in ten teachers engage in effective teaching techniques like routinely assessing for comprehension and giving feedback. Similar quality difficulties are found in studies conducted in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Peru, and Tanzania in various contexts. 
It is substantial for countries to focus on efficient teaching strategies. An innovative learning environment needs to be urgently created for students to get attracted to learning concepts. On this world teachers day, it is important to highlight that the poor education system and lack of facilities are not the faults of teachers. Poor teaching is not the responsibility of the teachers; rather, it is the outcome of system-level policies that fail to properly manage, support, recruit, prepare, and encourage teachers. Several nations, like Finland, Japan, and Singapore, have a strong teacher population. Most other nations lack internal consistency or have poor teacher policies. Entry requirements for teacher preparation programs may not be very selective, and they may be significantly less stringent than those for other professions. It’s possible that good teacher performance won’t be praised or rewarded. Politics or clientelism may taint the employment or promotion of teachers. Teachers who are ill-equipped and undertrained may be expected to teach a challenging subject that they themselves find difficult to understand. Covid-19 changed the discussion that happened every year about teachers’ day. Since Covid-19, every world teachers day, its effects are discussed and highlighted. The crisis has been worse with Covid-19. The pandemic has made it difficult for educational systems to maintain learning continuity, significantly raising the expectations of teachers. More than ever, education systems need effective teachers who support and facilitate learning rather than simply imparting information; who combine in-person and digital methods to deliver lessons; who encourage creative thinking, communication, and collaboration; and who instill a love of learning as well as the ability to persevere and exercise self-control.
Teachers will face the difficulty of quickly assessing pupils’ understanding as schools progressively reopen in order to spot any gaps in their knowledge and adjust their instruction to meet the needs of each individual student. In addition, as students will be returning to school after a particularly stressful period, they will need to offer psychological support and manage their own stress. Being a good teacher is extremely challenging and demanding, especially today. World Teachers Day, commonly referred to as International Teachers Day, is today. Families from all across the world will join together today i.e. the 5th October to express their gratitude for the teachers who have impacted their lives. This year on world teachers’ day 2022, let’s appreciate that teachers have gone above and beyond to ensure that their pupils enjoy a safe and educational environment at school. Our lives are greatly impacted by our teachers. Their contribution is incomparable to words. They’ve always been there to guide students in the proper direction. The only appropriate way to honour them is to observe Teachers Day. The importance of world teachers’ day is recognized globally. India has its own teacher’s day along with world teachers’ day. In India, teachers’ day is commemorated on September 5, which marks the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. The illustrious teacher also served as India’s first Vice President and second President. We commemorate September 5 as a day to honour Dr. Radhakrishnan and all of the teachers across the country who work hard to support kids’ learning. Reminding us of the significance of teachers and educators in our lives is what makes Teachers’ Day so important. It’s a day to give thanks for all we have learned and to honour the role teachers have played in our lives. The holiday provides an opportunity to express gratitude to the educators and teachers who help mould the futures of their students. Teachers not only provide knowledge and ideals but also help us overcome obstacles and build a solid foundation. Teachers inspire many of us and help to mould our future.
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Sanjenbam Jugeshwor Singh

Sanjenbam Jugeshwor Singh

Sanjenbam Jugeshwor Singh is a regular contributor of Imphal Times. He writes about Science and Technology and Environmental issues. Jugeshwor can be reached at: [email protected] Or WhatsApp’s No: 9612891339.

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