Issue No. 44/2020 – Friday, 09 October 2020 (Kitiona Tausi)
Tuvalu teachers, active, retired and those who left the profession from all levels of education joined together to celebrate the 2020 World Teachers’ Day in Tuvalu at the Tulakiiga Falekaupule today Friday, 09 October 2020. In fact, the day fell on 5th October 2020 but because of other circumstances I was delayed until today.
The celebration began at about 3pm and ended at 5.00pm.
The programme began with a prayer of blessing conducted by Rev Taualo Penivao and then the reading of the Days’s message by UNESCO.
The message was read out by the Acting Director of Education, Mrs. Kaai Fanoiga Falasa.
“Every year World Teachers; Day reminds us of the critical role teachers play in achieving inclusive quality education for all.
Education today has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and “teachers today have shown great leadership and innovation in ensuring that LearningNeverStops, that no learner is left behind.
“Around the world they have worked individually and collectively to find solutions and create new learning environments for their students to allow education to continue.”
“We need to think beyond COVID-19 and work to build greater resilience in our education systems, so we can respond quickly and effectively to these and other such crises. This means protecting education financing, investing in high quality initial teacher education, as well as continuing the professional development of the existing teacher workforce.
To build a more resilient teacher workforce in times of crisis, “all teachers should be equipped with digital and pedagogical skills to teach remotely, online, and through blended or hybrid learning, whether in high, low-or mp-tech environments. Government should ensure the availability of digital infrastructure and connectivity everywhere including in rural and remote areas.
However, the message calls on governments to protect teachers’ safety, health and wellbeing, as well as their employment, to continue improving teachers’ working conditions and to involve teachers and their representative organizations in the COVID-19 educational response and recovery. “Now is the time to recognize the role of teachers in helping to ensure a generation of students can reach their full potential, and the importance of education for short-term stimulus, economic growth and social cohesion, during and after COVID-19.
After the reading of the message from UNESCO, selected teachers made presentations on the theme.
The presenters included Mr. Penehuro Hauma, the President of the Tuvalu Teachers’ Association, Rt. Hon Enele Sopoaga, one who has left the profession, Mrs. Katalina Alefaio from the Vocational Training Institute, Dr. Rosiana Lagi, Director of USP and Mrs. Misikata Ielomi and Mr. Pati Eka, Principal of Fetuvalu Secondary School.
After the presentation, a cake to celebrate the Day was cut by Rev. Taualo Penivao, Mr. Penehuro Hauma, Rt. Hon Enele Sopoaga and Mrs. Kaai Fanoiga.
After the cutting of the cake, entertainments were provided by teachers from different schools namely, Nauti Primary School, Fetuvalu Secondary Schools and Kindergartens.
The retired teachers were also able to present a performance.