What with today, Thursday 5th October, being World Teachers’ Day, what better group of people to focus on for this week’s #SDGhero?
Established in 1994, World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on 5th October every year as a day which allows us to recognise and pay tribute to the amazingly hard work done by our wonderful teachers all over the world. This year the theme of this day focuses on “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers”.
As a teacher, every day you work to inspire, empower and encourage students to grow and develop themselves – something which we at Children in Crossfire believe to be truly heroic!
When looking at sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals, the role of education and teachers is key. The Sustainable Development Goals are a universal set of 17 different goals set up in 2015 which all countries will adopt when forming their development agendas over the next 15 years. Ranging in topics from No Poverty and Zero Hunger to issues such as Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, the SDGs have been established to address all areas of extreme poverty, with the final aim of eradicating this on a global scale by the year 2030.
When working towards any of these goals, no matter which goal it is, the first step is always to educate ourselves. In the famous words of Nelson Mandela – “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
As well as this, Goal 4 in particular looks at the importance that education plays in each and every one of our lives. Goal 4 Quality Education looks at “ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all” with Goal 4.c in particular looking at the importance of teachers and the roles that they play. Goal 4.c states that “by 2030, [we wish to] substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing states”.
Here at Children in Crossfire, through our TIDAL Educating the Heart Programme we are given the incredible opportunity to work alongside teachers to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Through establishing this programme we have created the chance to work with teachers in helping shape students into becoming the people the world needs most – compassionate and active change-makers who help us to work towards achieving our goal of creating a compassionate world where every child can realise their potential.
Great teachers are heroes in a world that has a lot to learn – Vicki Davis