Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges. ― Joyce Meyer.

The United Nations has every 5th of October celebrated World Teachers Day which is also known as International Teachers Day. It was established in 1994 to appreciate, access and improve teachers. It is also an opportunity to talk about issues relating to teachers and teaching, on this day, they come first.

This year, the theme adopted by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher.”  We cannot get quality education without getting quality teachers, these two should work hand in hand.  The value of good and able teachers cannot be overemphasized as Eva Amurri once said, A good teacher who can take the zero pay and help kids develop physically, emotionally, socially, is literally an angel. It is one thing to understand the need and value of education and it is another thing to get the right set of people implement these values so we must learn to respect and applaud good teachers and the part they play in ensuring quality education at every level.

The importance of educators in shaping lives can be seen in the finished product that is you and I, we all arguably owe a small part of our success or growth to one or more teachers who are resourceful, supportive, kind, friendly, good listeners and communicators. We must not forget to invest in our teachers so they can be encouraged to be at their best for our children and also themselves. Teachers are like overlooked secret weapons who assist in training great future leaders and peacemakers who in turn contribute in developing their individual communities and international society as a whole.

Teachers play a major role in creating a society with good people. We can celebrate those selfless, loving, understanding, brilliant humans we call our teachers by creating awareness on the importance of respecting teachers and what they do.  Today, your teacher comes first, therefore do something nice as a student, try to let your teacher know how much he or she means to you and show them love. In the words of Malala Yousafzai, `one book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.’


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