Teachers of Madibatlou Middle School celebrated World Teachers’ Day on October 13 dressed in style in their professional gowns.
Members of the Olifantsfontein SAPS, local church Pastor Peter Moatshe and the school learners took part in the event. ‘Restoring the dignity and Integrity of Teachers’ was the theme of the school for this year’s celebration.
When addressing attendees at the event, David Manganyi, a teacher of Madibatlou Middle School said they cannot talk about service delivery if they do not talk about a teacher.
“We are living in challenging times as educators. Despite our efforts as educators, society at large does not recognise the role of teachers because of narrow political interests. No country in the world can achieve its constitutional mandate without a teacher. Today people are interested in politics. Through education we are able to transform our society,” said Manganyi.
Manganyi emphasised that teaching is the cornerstone of success and is at the heart of nation building.
“It is more than a profession as we are dealing with humans. The role of a teacher has got nothing to do with money. We are here for education and we are here for a child – that’s why a teacher should have a heart that is willing to inspire and transform lives,” added Manganyi.
Pastor Peter Moatshe said teachers should understand their roles. They are the custodians of knowledge, skill, wisdom and understanding which they need to impart to learners. “Educators really need to do their best. Yes, we do understand the environment of teaching that some learners are ill-disciplined and a contributing factor often comes from home because some parents do not want to instil discipline in their children,” added Moatshe.
Moatshe explained that the behaviour of learners displays the conduct of a teacher.
“Be aware of your mistakes, pitfalls and start doing the right things. Do your best for the learners and in future they will come to thank you,” he said.
Moatshe urged parents to work closely with teachers in order to instil discipline in the children and to make it easy for the teachers to impart knowledge to them. A Grade 9 learner Lethabo Ratau said they are celebrating the importance and role of teachers in their everyday lives.
“Teachers are extremely important people in any society for a number of reasons. Their role in society is both significant and valuable. Teachers care, work hard, are creative and know how to take charge and don’t accept failure. They play an extraordinary part in the lives of children during the formative years of their development. The importance of teachers cannot be underestimated as every product comes from a teacher,” added Ratau.