The 5th of October has been set aside as a day dedicated to the world’s teachers. The day is meant to celebrate the important role teachers play in the world.

Someone said that “teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions.” This means that all people who are doing important work for the society and all the people who today sit in important offices, all of them went through the hands of a teacher.

But the day is not well-known and not well-appreciated, and not well-celebrated in Namibia.

The day has been celebrated worldwide since 1994 to commemorate the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 International Labour Organisation/UNESCO Recommendations concerning the Status of the Teachers of the World.

This year’s theme is “Teachers: Leading in Crisis, Reimagining the Future”.

The role of the teacher is even more critical during this period of corona virus as the teacher will not only be in the classroom teaching and imparting knowledge to his or her young charges but will also act as a guard watching over the children and making them to observe social distancing and other health regulations.

Someone said “A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.”

So, Happy Teachers Day.