World Teachers’ Day is a yearly celebration that commemorates the essential role of teachers in providing quality education at all levels. It aims to show the appreciation of the masses for the hard work teachers do for their students.
According to UNESCO, World Teachers’ Day not only aims to celebrate the profession. It also promotes international standards for the teaching profession to ensure that teachers will meet the needs of future generations.
This year’s theme for World Teachers Day, “Teachers for Gender Equality”, encompasses equality between female and male teachers, demands access for girls to gender-sensitive and quality education, and highlights the contribution of teachers and education in overcoming gender stereotypes.
Even if measures to ensure equality are enshrined into the policies and constitutions of many states, for millions of female teachers, the goals remain unfulfilled.
This year, for the first time in history, AAIS’ teachers and faculty celebrated World Teachers’ Day last October 5, 2011 together with the teachers of International Philippine School of Al-Khobar (IPSA) and Al Jazeera International School (AJIS). Each school presented a superb number with a distinctive style, blending spectacular dances with energy and grace. The performances were well received by all. Parlor games were also held and they were played cooperatively. They were a great way for the teachers and staff of the three different Philippine schools to enjoy each other’s company.
The program was both fun and informative. The teachers enjoyed the celebration and, at the same time, they were involved. Moreover, gratitude was felt for the newfound friendships the teachers made. Everyone left knowing and feeling that they have made a difference to the school they work for, to their students, and to themselves.
by Keisha Lambarte