International Teachers' Day
Published 5th October 2010, 12:30pm
Teachers impact children, and those who impact children impact the world. On this, International Teachers' Day, I join with UNESCO and my colleagues from around the world in acknowledging all of the dedicated and hardworking teachers in our classrooms. Teaching is a truly noble profession. We look to our teachers to pass on knowledge and values, citizenship, sportsmanship and social skills to our children, to prepare them for their working life and further education. As a country, we can only achieve our goal of having every child succeed if our children have access to motivated and knowledgeable teachers. All of us have benefited from the contributions of teachers; all of us are able to point out a teacher who left a lasting impact on our lives, sometimes because they encouraged us to believe in ourselves, because they made learning fun, because they were able to explain something we could not understand before, or simply because they were the caring, compassionate human beings we aspired to be when we grew up. However, this most important of professions does not always get the recognition it deserves. Therefore, on this special day, on behalf of the Ministry of Education, the Department of Education Services and the Government of the Cayman Islands, I would like to say "thank you" to all of our teachers, for all of your contributions to our children and the impact this has on building our nation. I also ask parents and the wider community to join me in thanking our children's teachers today. I encourage you to work with our teachers to ensure your children's success by actively participating in their education.