On Sunday, October 5, 2014, a cross-section of Liberian teachers was unable to join their professional colleagues worldwide to participate in this year’s World Teachers’ Day celebration due to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the country.
They Day is set aside each year in October by the United Nations (UN) to pay honor to teachers around the world for their meaningful contributions in educating the people of the world for them to positively shape the destiny of the globe in all aspects of life.
As the day pass-off through the spirited eyes of Liberian teachers, the president of the National Teachers’ Association of Liberia (NTAL), Rev. Ellen Fartu-Varley, has called on countries of the world to retrospect on the commitment they made to enroll all children in school or have access to education facilities by 2015.
Reflecting on this year’s global theme: “Unite for Quality Education, Rev. Varfley said, education stakeholders must re-cannon their quest that the Liberian children are watching all of them, “because their failure to provide the children quality education will be a disgrace.”
“We need to double up to meet this challenge on time because from October, we are left with two months to usher in 2015,” Rev. Varfley noted.
She then reassured United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon that teachers and education workers in Liberia remain ever supportive of quality services in the sector for all, which according to the NTAL boss, is a post—2015 Millennium Development Goal Agenda on the global education campaign to get all children into the classrooms.
She further expressed gratitude to all the teachers, adding that their individual and collective efforts are being acknowledged by the leadership of the NTAL.
She then challenged the teachers to continue to put their energies together pro-actively so that quality education will prevail.
The NTAL president also extended thanks to the association’s international partners, especially education international partners for forging unity in promoting quality education in the country.
“As we reflect on the theme, Unite for Quality Education, we should be mindful that the children are watching us. Our failure will be a disgrace to us. Hence, we need to double up to meet this challenge on time,” the female clergy told her teachers in her message.
“We want to say on this World Teachers Day, to the United Nations Secretary General Ban KI Moon that we the teachers and education workers of Liberia, support quality education for all a Post – 2015 Development Goal on Education and Global Campaign to get all children into school,” she assured the UN family particularly those on education.
“To all our teachers and education workers, we say thank you. We know that without you, not a single wheel can turn in education. Continue to put your energies together proactively so that quality education will prevail.”
According to her, the NTAL was unable to fully celebrate this year’s World Teachers Day in Grand style as usual, “because of the outbreak of the deadly virus that has hit our nation.
Therefore, she on behalf of the association expressed deepest sympathy to all teachers and education workers who have died, and to those who have lost their love ones and family members as the result of the Ebola outbreak.
The NTAL president also extended thanks and appreciation to all who have assisted Liberia in her fight against the EVD, adding that everyone striving to eradicate Ebola from the nation was on the right trajectory.
“Thanks to our entire international partners especially Education International (EI) for the unity in promoting quality education. Let us all use the preventive measures and together we can fight this virus and kick it out of Liberia.”
She however cautioned the teachers, not to give up, but to unite for quality education, and not to allow the chain of education to be broken, nothing that together they can make it in solidarity and unity.