Elaine McKay | Switzerland | 10 October 2016
Last week on October 5th, we celebrated World Teachers’ Day. And on behalf of everyone involved in the delivery of the ARISE Program, I would personally like to thank all of the teachers in schools in ARISE communities for their commitment and contribution. A lot of them work in difficult rural conditions, and without them, we would not be able to achieve one of our core goals of promoting access to quality education as a way of preventing child labor.
This year’s World Teachers’ Day celebrates its 50th anniversary, and the theme is Valuing Teachers, Improving Their Status. ARISE believes it’s important to encourage teachers’ professional development and to provide resources for teaching and learning. For example, last year in Malawi we provided training modules for effective classroom management practices, and 80 teachers from six ARISE schools we involved in the training. In Zambia we distributed 1560 new text books and 192 desks to 22 schools. Through JTI’s Teacher Support Program we’ve also created boreholes at several schools, which have opened up the opportunity for school gardens, where vegetables can be grown for school feeding programs.
This year’s commemoration is also the first one within the framework of the new sustainable development goals (SDGs) that have adopted by the world community. With one of those goals (SDG4) pledges to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. We look forward to contributing to the 2030 Agenda and to continuing to prevent child labor through education by valuing and supporting our teachers.