World Teachers’ Day 2017 event held

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Union Minister Dr Myo Thein Gyi presents prize to honourable personnel of World Teachers’ Day on 5 October 2017. Photo: MNA

A ceremony commemorating World Teachers’ Day 2017 was held yesterday morning in Ministry of Education assembly hall, with Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi delivering a speech.
The event was opened by basic education teachers from Nay Pyi Taw and Pyinmana singing a song titled “Today’s Teacher”.
Union Minister Dr Myo Thein Gyi then delivered a speech saying, “Today is an auspicious day when teachers around the world are honoured. Teachers are continuously moulding students to become good human beings, to work together in cooperation, to take responsibility and to be inventive. Good education can be provided only with good teachers.”
Myanmar society considers teachers as one of the five gems (others being Buddha, dhamma, sangha and parents) and are valued and respected.
There are many ethics and morals that teachers need to maintain. From their way of dressing, addressing, to thinking and acting, they need to set an example to the human society and must live as a role model, said the Union Minister.
The Union Minister added that the difficulties, problems, inadequacies and challenges faced now need to be overcome with the help of good teachers to raise the education level by increasing school enrolment, reducing the dropout rate, encouraging primary level students to complete their primary education, increasing the quality of learning, providing the human resources required in respective regions through technical and vocational training, educating and training graduates who can compete internationally, and educating and training through Deep Learning.
To implement all of these effectively, the minister urge all to teach in freedom and empower teachers according to the theme of World Teachers’ Day 2017 — “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers.”
Following the minister’s address, the Myanmar National Commission for UNESCO secretary general Dr. Kyi Shwin read a joint message sent by the heads of five group leaders under the United Nations.
Myanmar Teachers Federation president Dr. Sai Khaing Myo Tun similarly read a message on behalf of his federation.
Afterwards, basic education students sang “Myat Saya” (revered teachers) and Dr. Win Tun, director-general of the planning and training department, education research bureau, reported a brief record of honorary doyens and outstanding teachers.
The Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr. Aung Thu, Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi and officials then presented prizes to honourable personnel of World Teachers’ Day, distinguished teachers, teachers with zero absent days and teachers who guided students in achieving awards at international competitions.
Prizes were then awarded to the winners of a basic education high school, middle school and primary school level essay competition by Pyithu Hluttaw Education Development committee chairman Dr. Tin Aung.
Winners of the university/college, basic education high school and middle school level essay competition were presented by National Education Policy Commission vice chairman U Nyi Hla Nge.
Winners of the university/college, basic education high school and middle school level poem competition and winners of the university/college level poster competition were presented by Local and International Organisations Affairs committee chairman U Min Oo.
An enactment of the song “Flower Caretakers” was performed by basic education teachers and students, after which Union Ministers Dr. Aung Thu, Dr. Myo Thein Gyi and officials viewed the display booths at the World Teachers’ Day event.

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