Jubilation and Colour mark World Teachers' Day PDF Print E-mail


     The rest of the world celebrated World Teachers’ Day on the 5th of October while ZIMTA, the largest professional teacher trade union in Zimbabwe, put up colourful performances and gave speeches from educators in commemoration of the important day  in all Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces on Friday, the 7th of October.  The theme for year 2011 is “Teachers for Gender Equality”.

     Educators from Zimbabwe’s ten provinces gathered at their various stations to mark the World Teachers’ Day which was successfully coordinated by the longest serving teachers’ union. ZIMTA’s aim is to mobilize support for teachers and ensure that the needs of future generations continue to be met by teachers.

      Bulawayo Teachers’ Day celebrations were held in Beithall in Luveve Suburb, Matebeleland North celebrations were at the Sichalaba Centre in Binga District, and Matebeleland South celebrations took place in Maphisa in Kezi. In Midlands, educators gathered at Gokwe Nembudziya while Mashonaland Central teachers’ day celebrations were done in Mbire District.  Marondera Country Club hosted Mashonaland East as  Masvingo converged  in Chivi for their celebrations. Manicaland educators gathered at Mutare Polytechnic College and Harare Garderns was the place of World Teachers’ Day celebrations for Harare Province.

        In a speech read on her behalf, ZIMTA   National President, Tendai Chikowore said the theme ‘Teachers for Gender Equality” had three important dimensions to be examined. The three themes were equity and equality between male and female teachers, access to gender sensitive quality education by girls and teachers contribution to the role of education in overcoming gender stereotypes.

     Chikowore said, ZIMTA had worked hard to achieve gender equity and equality in the teaching profession, adding that the achievements included attainment of gender equality in pay and conditions of service, the removal of discriminatory clauses in conditions of service   that caused suffering to women teachers and educators, the payment on maternity leave on full pay and breastfeeding were some of the major achievements that the teacher trade union was celebrating in 2011.

      In her speech, the ZIMTA President articulated ZIMTA’s position and relevance in terms of the 2011 theme, by making reference to the current ZIMTA union structures which where made up of 52 percent females and 48 percent males.

     On the issue of incentives, Mrs. Chikowore said the “Association’s position is  that  incentives should be removed only when the teachers’ salary has reached a certain level. The 2011 conference resolution mandated the Executive to engage authorities and find solution to the incentive issue. The agreed position is that incentives are harmful, divisive and iniquitous but currently are a necessary evil. “


   Thousands of professionals in the field of education turned up for the celebrations to mark teachers’ day country wide. The World Teachers’ Day which is celebrated annually on the 5th of October is not a public holiday but it is recognized worldwide. Education International (EI), (the global union federation that represents education professionals worldwide) believes that the principles of 1966 and 1997 Recommendations be considered for implementation in all nations.

    The 1966 Recommendations give working definitions of what the teachers’ responsibilities and rights are. They give guidelines for engaging in dialogue between educational authorities and teachers and their associations. The 1966 Recommendation applies to all teachers in both public and private schools, technical, vocational etc. It provides education objectives and policies; it gives preparation for the profession and provides for further education for teachers. The recommendation gives guidelines for the employment and career, the rights and responsibilities of teachers, conditions for effective teaching and learning, teachers’ salaries, social security and the teacher shortage. The recommendations can be used as a basis for the development of a code of ethics for the profession as practiced in the community, country or region.
       The 1997 UNESCO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel is the international instrument that sets out the norms and standards for educators working in universities and institutions of higher education. The Recommendation is the only international instrument setting out norms and standards that deal exclusively with educators within universities and institutions of higher education.
      The World Teachers’ Day is a day when teachers or educators are appreciated and honored for their invaluable role of imparting knowledge to all generations, of giving skills to the younger generation and of socializing them into the society.
Students, communities and parents say thank you to the teaching profession for passing on the torch of knowledge.
      Celebrations take different forms and patterns worldwide, for example in Zimbabwe educators normally rally together, sing and dance and give each other awards in appreciation of their roles, In Manicaland and Bulawayo for example educators held a  marching procession  across town to mark the teachers’ day.




Drum Majorettes in Bulawayo spiced up the event with good music


      This eventful period was highly appreciated by the participating teachers; In Harare the surrounding community went green with envy as educators danced along to graceful music from the park on their important day. Some students took the opportunity to  shower their  teachers with presents on the day. Elsewhere, this day is an opportunity to introduce further training conferences and skills development programs for educators.  Educators normally take afternoon time away from schools to attend celebrations.
        India, China, Singapore, Afghanistan and the United States, to mention a few all have special ways of celebrating this day. In most cases they celebrate a local educator or an important milestone in education.




   Listners pay attention to the Teachers’ Day speech


The efforts of Education International and its 401 member organizations have contributed to this widely spread recognition of the World Teachers’ Day. More than 100 countries observe World Teachers’ Day.





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