TEACHERS IN FUTURE REFLECTION: VALUES ARE CAUGHT
Assistant Professor, Department of Education, University of North Bengal, West Bengal, India.
UNESCO is leading a new global citizenship movement – one of the 3 pillars of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) – to view schools and teachers as active contributors to a peaceful and sustainable future. On 4 October 2013, 400 participants were welcomed to World Teachers’ Day at UNESCO Headquarters by Director-General Irina Bokova who underlined the importance the Organization attaches to teachers, “UNESCO…has always been and is a House for Teachers”. At the heart of the educational system, teachers hold the keys to a better future for all. The Director-General highlighted teachers’ role to learners of all ages around the world, “Teaching is a profession, but it is also a vocation.” The world is facing global challenges that cannot be fully resolved within national boundaries. Sustainable solutions must be found through collaborative and coordinated responses, at both local and global levels, that involve a wide range of stakeholders in the public and private sectors. We also need engaged and globally-minded citizens able to take up the challenges to build a more just, peaceful, tolerant, inclusive, secure and sustainable world. This implies rethinking education and how it can contribute to the formation of global citizenship. Teachers stand at the heart of this vision. Today we need more teachers and better quality teachers. My paper will be a compilation of the present status of teachers depending on their sense of responsibility and how much it is effective for the children in the form of sustainable development of these future citizens and how teachers need to prepare themselves to make their long term efforts reflect in their students. Values caught by students will be the requirements of world Peace. World is at unrest and only teachers can bring a daring change through peace instilled in the minds of children. It is an initiative from the very beginning of schooling and cannot be instantly built in.
sustainable, collaborative, coordinated, values, peace.