The Dominica Association of Teachers (DAT) has planned an exciting week of activities in observance of World Teachers’ Day 2022.
According to a press release from the DAT President, Mervin Alexander, from Sunday, October 1st and 2nd, Pastors and Church leaders were asked to offer special prayers at their church services on behalf of all teachers.
On Wednesday, October 05, which was the actual Day – International World Teachers’ Day, the President of Dominica here His Excellency Charles Savarin presented an address via Radio.
The release also stated that on Thursday, October 6 will be Teacher Appreciation Day.
” It is a day when parents, students and well-wishers are asked to show some form of appreciation to our teachers for the remarkable job they are doing in nurturing lives and nation building,” he explained.
Alexander said on Friday, the culminating activity and highlight of the celebration is the Grand Teachers’ Rally.
According to him, “In all things we ought to give thanks to God and pray for the strength to continue performing our duties to the best of our abilities.”
Alexander explained that on that day all teachers are expected to gather at the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church for a Church Service and Recognition Ceremony. The country’s retired teachers will be recognized by the DAT for the valuable contribution they have made to education and nation building.
Following the Church Service, he mentioned that teachers will move to the Mero Beach for fun and games.
“We know that teachers have been under a lot of stress for the past two years with the Covid-19 Pandemic and other matters affecting them, so they will relax and continue to build camaraderie among themselves by playing various games and the likes,” Alexander noted. “Since teachers are all around the island and do not get the opportunity to interact with each other in various sporting activities such as cricket, basketball or football, it was felt that we should find a sport/game which teachers in their various schools and districts can play and boost their intellect.”
A special feature for the Day will be the introduction of the Game of Chess by the Dominica Chess Federation to Teachers.
He urged teachers to turnout in large numbers and embrace the opportunity to support and encourage each other.
Alexander also expressed congratulations to the many students who were successful in the recently released CXC examinations, but more so expressed a heartfelt thanks to the teachers for their great work, in very trying time.
“The students would not have made it without your hard work and dedication. Hats Off to you,” he said.