The Minister of Education, Nigel Carty, indicated that the Government’s continued investment in teachers in several ways, including, the provision of scholarships for bachelors and masters degrees is part of the commitment to the advancement of educators. He also referred to an awards ceremony for retired teachers held during Education Week 2013 which the Ministry intends to make a regular feature.
Apart from creating opportunities for teachers to further their education, Minister Carty said it was also important to equip them with tools as the focus on Information and Communications Technologies increases.
Minister Carty also revealed that the Government was seeking to enhance the Health Insurance package of teachers as they seek to empower them further.
More important than equipment and other benefits teachers might receive Minister Carty said regaining respect was what teachers would be most needed by teachers.
Secretary General of the National Commission for UNESCO Antonio Maynard stated that UNESCO inaugurated World Teachers’ Day in 1994 to focus attention on the contributions and achievements of teachers and highlight their concerns and priorities.
The International Organization selected October 5 because on that date in 1996, a special intergovernmental conference adopted the UNESCO recommendation on the Status of Teachers, giving teachers an instrument that defines their responsibilities and asserts their rights.
The Theme for this year’s celebration: “Invest in the Future: Invest in Teachers” was designed to emphasize the importance of supporting teachers as they educate the population and secure brighter futures for others.
Teachers culminated their week of activities with a march through the streets of Basseterre on Friday, 10th October.