Carl Jung, a renowned psychologist, once said, “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”
In one way or another, I’m sure each one of us have been touched by our teachers, being beyond just a person who talks the facts and writes lessons on the blackboard. They are kind-hearted humans who speak life’s lessons, lessons we thought were just mere words but eventually gained ground later in our lives. For a certain time in my life, I too became a teacher and realized that you can build up better persons among your student and in return they will be better citizens in the future.
With this the Department of Education (DepEd ) have recognized the vital contribution of Filipino teachers in institutionalizing educational reforms in the country. Together with its partners, they celebrated this year’s World Teachers’ Day (WTD) at Araullo University in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija on October 5.
Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC emphasized the great responsibility of every teacher in preparing the Filipino youth to be better equipped for the world. He said, “If all the teachers in the country start to move as one, we will start the biggest revolution in education.”“The revolution in education is a revolution that will change the country and bring about all of the dreams and hopes of our young people... If you want to transform our country, we need living heroes,” he added.
Themed as “My Teacher, My Hero,” this year’s celebration highlighted the integral role of educators as prime movers and catalysts to extend the last mile efforts of DepEd and the K to 12 education reform for the delivery of quality education.
The event which gathered around 4,000 public school teachers from Regions I, II, III, and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) culminated the month-long celebration to express the education agency’s sincere gratitude for teachers’ important role in institutionalizing the reform efforts of the Department.
President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared September 5 to October 5 every year as National Teachers’ Month (NTM) through Presidential Proclamation 242 signed in 2011.