In conmemeration of World Teacher’s Day, the National Teachers Association of Liberia President Mary Nyumah said teachers are the foundation of any society and recognizing them is important.
Speaking Tuesday, at the celebration of World Teachers Day in Grand Cape County, Madam Nyumah said it was important to recognize their immense contribution to society on October 5 of every year to give a special honor and appreciation for the sacrificial services they continue to render in building the capacity of future generations.
According to her, the event could not be celebrated colorfully, due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has affected countries around the world.
She said, the theme for the celebration according to UNESCO is teachers are the heart of Educational recovery because the world is dealing with a major health crisis and as such, teachers are the frontline fighters in the classroom.
Madam Nyumah, at the same time, called on government and private school owners to value the work of teachers and pay them according to their qualifications.
Giving the keynote address, Mr. Lamwu Alex Wise, Principal of Kon Town Public School said teachers are inspired to develop the minds of children and young adults in preparing them to become worldwide citizens of the society.
He lauded teachers for their hard work over the years, which he said has always kept them busy.
Providing an overview of World Teacher’s Day, Andrew F. Korkulo, a Liberian IT Technician said teachers are not respected, considering the huge disparity in their salaries to others in different professions with the same qualifications.
According to him, in 1994 INO& UNESCO saw it necessary to honor teachers for the level of diligent work done in the world and also service to humanity.
He asserted that teachers have produced all of the experts in the world and as such, they should be honored and given full respect.
At the same time, an honoree at the occasion, Francis Jah, appreciated NTAL leadership and admonished them to continue advocating for the welfare of teachers in Liberia.
The ceremony brought together teachers, school principals, stakeholders and others.