The Ministry of Education and Higher Education honoured 110 teachers in public schools of various nationalities who spent nearly 30 years in the service of the educational process and the preparation of future generations.
This comes within the framework of the virtual celebration of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education of the World Teacher's Day under the slogan "Messenger of Science, Thank You."
The honour is an appreciation of the role of veteran teachers in preparing good citizens over time, and an affirmation of the attention that the teacher receives as the most important components of the educational system, especially the first generation who laid the solid building blocks of the educational edifice in Qatar.
On the occasion of the celebration of the World Teacher's Day that is held on Oct. 5 of each year, H.E. Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Wahed Al Hammadi praised the teachers and said that their role was, is and will remain essential and crucial in providing education for the students, as they have proven that they are leaders and role models in a time of crisis. He added that teacher performed their duties in spreading science and knowledge despite the dangers of the pandemic, carrying on themselves a supreme responsibility that they believed in its importance, and they did their duties to the fullest.
In his speech, H.E. the Minister affirmed that the past academic year witnessed a rapid response from the teachers in moving from the classroom learning environment to which they are accustomed to the distance learning environment with different standards, which made us all feel proud and confidence the educational system.
H.E. Al Hammadi added that the ministry was able to complete our previous academic year on time, and held the exams in the presence of male and female students with the implementation of strict precautionary measures.
H.E. the Minister said that the world celebrates 2020 Teacher's Day, under the slogan "Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future" as education faces a severe challenge all over the world, indicating that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were not limited to the health aspect only, but also had negative effects on all aspects of life, including the educational system in the whole world.
In this context, H.E. Al Hammadi addressed the teachers, saying, "It is customary for us to meet with you on Oct. 5 of each year to celebrate you, in appreciation of your role, and to mark the anniversary of the adoption of the joint recommendation between the International Labor Organization and UNESCO in 1966 regarding the conditions of teachers, but for the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in line with the implementation of the precautionary measures, we decided to celebrate this year from a distance, and we all hope that this gloom will disappear from the whole world, and that life will soon return to normal.
His Excellency also paid tribute to the new Qatari and expatriate teachers, in addition to the honoured teachers on this day, who spent many years serving science and education in Qatar, expressing his gratitude for what they presented to this country during previous years, and in the past year in particular.
At the end of his speech, H.E. Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Wahed Al Hammadi sent a message to his sons and daughters, male and female students, in which he urged them not to forget the role of their teachers, thank and appreciate them, treat them like their fathers and mothers, and be friendly and loyal to them as today in these exceptional circumstances, they are more worthy of their appreciation, respect and praise than ever before.
For her part, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education for Educational Affairs Fawzia Abdulaziz Al Khater congratulated all teachers in the State of Qatar on the World Teacher's Day, extending heartfelt appreciation and deepest gratitude for their sincere and great efforts to advance the educational process in the State.
Al Khater also valued the efforts of everyone who bears the difficulties amidst the current circumstances the world is going through and the challenges facing the people's lives, particularly in education.
In a speech marking the World Teacher's Day, Al Khater praised the efforts exerted by the teachers amidst the current challenges, which imposed great burdens on education, saying that the teachers stood firm and strongly to confront these challenges and accomplished great achievements in the educational field that lived up to the level of aspirations.
She underlined that the Ministry's celebration of the World Teacher's Day annually aims to consolidate the status that teachers enjoy in the educational system in the State of Qatar, in appreciation of their noble message and their pivotal role in raising generations and instilling noble values.
Al Khater noted that the current exceptional circumstance make us count on teachers to make more effort and qualitative distinction in performance and upgrading education, through the use of innovative methods and modern strategies that are commensurate with the conditions of this stage and its specificity.
In conclusion, the Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education for Educational Affairs reiterated great gratitude and appreciation to the eminent teachers for their dedication in performing their duties, and sincerity in performing this sacred message.
The United Nations marks the World Teacher's Day on October 5 each year in appreciation of the role of teachers and to commemorates the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions.
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