On the eve of World Teachers’ Day‚ the President and Prime Minister have stressed the need for focusing on improving skills of teachers for ensuring quality education.
The World Teachers’ Day is being observed on Friday.
The theme of the Day is “Take a Stand for Teachers”.
President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in their messages on the occasion have said that the present democratic government has undertaken far reaching steps to improve lot of the teachers.
In his message the President said the government has been responsive to the challenges in the way of ameliorating the lot of teachers. He said greater efforts by the Government‚ private sector‚ NGOs‚ civil society and media are required to change the existing situation.
The President said Teachers help shape the destinies of the nations. They are front line soldiers in the battle for hearts and minds. “Take a stand for teachers!” therefore is the most appropriate theme of the World.
He expressed hope that the observance of the Day would awaken us all to realize our social responsibility towards teachers.
The Prime Minister said while the armies protect the geographical frontiers of the country‚ teachers are first shield of defence against ideological and cultural forays.
He said it is by working for their well-being that we can return them a bit for their enormous contributions to shaping the future of our state and society.
He said raise in salaries of all public sector employees including teachers by the government during the last five budgets is a step aimed at improving their standard of living.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon in his message on the occasion said that no education system is better than its teachers.
He said the world needs about 2 million more teachers to achieve Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015.
The Ministry of Education and Training will organize a special function titled “Salam Teacher Day” in Islamabad.
UNESCO Islamabad has also organized a series of events to mark the day