President Savarin. Photo credit: Dr. Lennox Honychurch

President Savarin. Photo credit: Dr. Lennox Honychurch

President of Dominica, Charles Savarin, has urged teachers to continue working toward the development of their students.

In his address to mark World Teachers Day on Friday 4th October, 2013 Savarin urged all teachers “continue to play a prominent role in the life of your students.”

“To act as their guide for life, showing them the path towards success and enrich their personalities by imparting ethical and academic knowledge; bring out the untamed talents of your students and sharpen it in order to bring out the best results,” he stated.

The president, who is also a former teacher, congratulated all teachers on the occasion of World Teachers Day and noted that this year’s theme “Teachers take the lead for Quality Education” underscores the strong feeling and conviction that educators should lead the debate about excellent and quality teaching.

He pointed out further that the performance of students at the 2013 Grade Six National Assessment, and the results of the CSEC regional examination, “unequivocally attest” to the fact that Dominican teachers go beyond the call of duty.

“We thank them for this tremendous effort and urge them to continue to work collectively towards an even higher level of professional competence. When professional values are championed, a deep sense of pride, identity and ownership characterizes the teaching body,” he stated.

Saturday 5th October, 2013 marks the 20th World Teacher’s Day as institutionalized by the United Nations however it is celebrated locally on the first Friday of October.

Teachers from all over the island will converge at the Cabrits National Park on Friday morning to participate in the annual Dominica Association of Teachers (DAT) Teachers Rally.

DAT President Celia Nicholas revealed that honoring a few retired teachers is one of the activities scheduled to take place during the rally.