August 19, 2016

Embracing globalisation demands quality teachers

The creation of peace and sustainable development is not an impossible dream if we are willing to embrace globalization. To do so is unavoidable as we live in a multicultural society. We have witnessed the rise of racism, xenophobia and intolerance across the world, so the people from diverse societies are obliged to stand for lasting peace by supporting and understanding each other’s differences.
In this context, the development of knowledge for economic and social progress comes to the fore. Economic and social deprivation will get people trapped in the vicious cycle of poverty and crime. It is therefore important to promote access to quality education.
In response to those needs, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has come up with a catchy slogan to honour this year’s World Teachers’ Day: “Empowering teachers, building sustainable societies”.
The world honours teachers on 5 October every year as a token of remembering their efforts to implement education goals which will contribute to the wellbeing of society. It is therefore necessary to empower them in the belief that they are central to the realization of everyone’s right to education.
It is recognized that investing in teacher education plays a critical role in responding to global challenges through education. Without teacher empowerment, quality education is in all but name. It is believed that education can strengthen tolerance, reduce discrimination and violence, and help diverse societies to live together, regardless of national, ethnic and religious identity.


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