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Message of President James A. Michel, On the occasion of Teachers’ Day 5th October, 2015, « La Réussite de Mes Etudiants, Mon Engagement » The Success of my Students, My Commitment

Sun, 04 October 2015

October 5th every year is a special day for showing appreciation for the valuable work teachers are doing to positively shape the future generations.  No other profession can influence our children and our youth better than teaching.

We cannot thank our teachers enough for their love and compassion, character, competence and moral dedication.  On behalf of my family, Government and myself, on this important occasion I once again express the nation's deepest and sincere gratitude to our teachers for facilitating learning, for giving us an all-round education.

This year we mark the 25th Teachers' Day in Seychelles.  As a small island developing nation, we have continued to uphold the status of this noble profession.  We have done it with commitment for we recognize and realise the significant contribution teachers make to the process of nation building.

As we journey towards a more prosperous Seychelles, the provision of quality education for all becomes indispensable. Quality Education For All in every sense is one of the fundamental pillars of sustainable development. In addition it plays a pivotal role in promoting economic and social progress and in reducing economic inequalities.

The theme chosen to commemorate Teachers' Day, "La Réussite de Mes Etudiants, Mon Engagement" is most fitting for this occasion as it is a reminder for all teachers and educators of their undeniable role and obligation vis-à-vis the education of all children.  We recognise that quality teaching is essential for quality learning and results.  Hence, on-going investment in capacity building and training of teachers is a key priority in the Medium Term Strategic Plan of the Ministry of Education.  It clearly demonstrates government's engagement through the Ministry of Education to ensuring that teachers at all levels of education are appropriately trained and qualified, so as to achieve the desired learning outcomes.

On this occasion I call on all teachers, school leaders and those working close with students, to draw inspiration from the work and good examples of colleagues around you. Perform your duties with a renewed sense of dedication and diligence.  Through your unswerving quest for greater knowledge, for improvements in the quality of your teaching and for enhancing the learning outcomes of your students, you will be contributing to the building of the New Seychelles.

I urge parents and the community to be more supportive of teachers in their engagement.  Teachers need to be better respected, loved and understood.  Let us do it because we love Seychelles.

I wish you all a Happy Teachers' Day.

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