• Celebrating the world’s noblest profession: teaching

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    TO the ones who unleashed our potentials, honed our craft, supported our aspirations, set our feet on the right path, and made us discover the profound meaning of our lives, thank you.

    Today, as we celebrate World Teachers’ Day, let us pay tribute to our second parents—our professors, mentors, lecturers, educators, instructors, coaches, trainers and teachers. Let us all take part in this time of the year to honor their heroism for without them, we are nothing.

    Teachers cast a big role in our lives. They devote their daily life to the well being of their students and a day won’t hurt to make them feel special. Inside those bulky bags our teachers carry everyday in class are not just a pile of papers and textbooks but also a symbolism of their hardwork and dedication to their profession.

    You may give them flowers or greeting cards as a sign of your gratitude to make them feel that all their efforts are appreciated. But a simple and sincere “thank you” goes a long way, and taking a moment to appreciate their work may mean the world to them.

    World Teachers’ Day celebration started on October 5, 1994 commemorating teachers’ organization worldwide. According to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Teachers’ Day represents awareness, understanding and appreciation fo the contribution that teachers mke to education and development.

    Over 100 countries observe World Teachers’ Day. The efforts of Education International (EI) and its 401-member organizations have contributed to this widely spread recognition.

    In the Philippines, President Benigno “Noynoy”Aquino III issued Proclamation No. 242 in 2011 declaring the period September 5 to October 5 of every year as National Teachers’ Month.

    Upon this proclamation, Aquino said the celebration aims “to revitalize the image of teaching as a vocation by increasing public awareness on the value of teachers in Philippine society and national development.”

    President Aquino also mentioned, as stated in the Proclamation, that UNESCO designated October 5th of every year as the World Teachers’ Day, which is a day to commemorate, acknowledge and give emphasis on the crucial role, loyal service and dedicated commitment of teachers in developing globally minded citizens, nurturing families, strengthening communities, and building the nation.

    Pursuant to the Proclamation, National Teachers Month also aims to highlight the nobility of teaching profession and the contributions of teachers in their field.

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