#Nassau, October 5, 2018 – Bahamas –
THE HON. JEFFREY LLOYD, MINISTER OF EDUCATION
WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY, 2018
FRIDAY, 5TH OCTOBER, 2018
It is an honor for me to have this opportunity to commemorate World Teachers’ Day 2018 with our venerated educators from around the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. I wish to first applaud all of the hard-working teachers on this extraordinary day that was set aside especially so that we can highlight you as our most vital contingent of nation builders.
World Teachers’ Day is recognized by over 100 countries as a day to not only celebrate our educators, but also to place the spotlight on their concerns and the current issues related to education. It was officially established in 1994 by UNESCO to be observed on October 5th each year, the anniversary of the 1966 signing of the Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers worldwide. This recommendation outlines standards regarding both the initial and continuing education of teachers and their general employment. Today also commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the UNESCO Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes education as a basic human entitlement.
The theme for World Teachers’ Day 2018, “The Right to Education Means the Right to a Qualified Teacher”, ties directly into the philosophy of the Ministry of Education, for we profoundly emphasize the importance of training and re-training our teachers to meet an ever-evolving world. In fact, teacher competence is one of our main priorities, for we are cognizant of the fact that trained and qualified teachers are fundamental to the right to education.
On this World Teachers’ Day, the Ministry of Education joins with the Bahamas Union of Teachers, the Bahamas Educators Managerial Union, the Bahamian community, as well as more than 100 countries worldwide, to pay homage to our educators. Together we honor and salute you for all that you do for the edification of the youth of our country. Teachers, you are a distinguished group of committed individuals who can never be celebrated enough. Today we recognize the sacrifices you make for our country, and we express gratitude to you for taking on the challenge of educating and nurturing our youth. On behalf of the Ministry of Education and the entire Commonwealth of The Bahamas, I extend a heartfelt thank-you to each and every one of you for your hard work and sacrifices, which are immeasurable. You are the exemplification of selflessness, humility, dedication, perseverance, innovation, motivation creativity, passion, inspiration, and leadership. The Ministry of Education is appreciative of all that you do to realize our children’s right to a quality education and to prepare them for a better future.
Today, on this momentous occasion of World Teacher’s Day 2018, I wish all teachers from the four corners of the Bahamian archipelago a resounding Happy World Teachers’ Day and a safe and productive school year!