THE International Education Agency (IEA) board chairman Mea Ravu says teachers are the backbone of society because they help shape students.
He said this during IEA’s celebration of World Teachers’ Day at Gordon International School in Port Moresby last Friday.
IEA operates 18 schools and a Tafe college in the country.
Ravu commended hardworking teachers who contributed significantly to shaping the society.
“Teachers are our backbone in our society,” he said.
“They spearhead change by helping shape and building students.”
Ravu said apart from academics, teachers stood by students and administered every step of the way; they guide; they motivate, and inspire students.
“They equipped us with ideas and thoughts that one day each one of us will provide back to our society,” he said.
Seventh grade teacher Brian Samson, who spoke on behalf of Gordon International administration, thanked IEA chief executive Anthony Morgan, Ravu and board members, for choosing Gordon International to commemorate the day.
“We rarely get this sort of privilege to meet and mingle with our senior executives and we highly appreciate your presence with us today,” he said.
Samson said the celebration of World Teachers’ Day was special to his school because:
- It was a day set aside to mark and celebrate the work teachers did in the classrooms to nurture and guide young minds to be better citizens;
- Gordon International School celebrated the 50th anniversary of its establishment; and,
- Teachers could now confidently put faces to the names because they rarely got the opportunity to meet and interact.
Morgan commended the teachers for their effort and commitment to educating young people.
He praised them for the impact they had on the lives of students.
Morgan said teachers had a passion for their students and had the ability to change lives.
“It’s not about money,” he said.
“It is about the heart they have for the children and the ability they have to mold lives and to make things better for students who will contribute to the country later.”