Community Comment, by Jennifer Wolney
October 5 saw the 18th annual celebration of World Teachers’ Day. Revelstoke teachers, trustees and school district administration mingled at Minto Manor during the afternoon of October 4 to acknowledge the value of teaching and the love of learning within our community and around the world.
UNESCO first proclaimed World Teachers’ Day in 1994. This date marked the adoption of many items – the rights and responsibilities of teachers as well as international standards for our training, further education, recruitment, employment, teaching and learning conditions.
World Teachers’ Day is a natural extension of UNESCO’s year-round work of promoting teaching and highlights that this profession, so vital to the healthy functioning of our society, needs itself to be healthy.
Revelstoke has always valued a successful education system and this has had an increased visual presence within our community, as the past year has seen a new high school replacing the old and the closing of Mountain View and Mount Begbie schools to accommodate the opening of Begbie View Elementary.
The closing of the old and the opening of the new has required teachers in all our local schools to dedicate even more than their usual personal hours to ensure that we maintain a high standard of public education.
The Revelstoke Teachers’ Association would like to recognize the persistent effort, numerous hours and personalized activities that educators engage in every day to help all students become successful learners and valued members of our community. Please take an opportunity to show your appreciation to your child’s teacher.
Many of us lead hectic lives and if this is your situation, you may want to check out a website called Education International’s WTD at www.ei-ie.org. There you can find electronic greeting cards you can send to teachers, colleagues and friends.
Jennifer Wolney is the president of the Revelstoke Teachers’ Association