Georgetown, Guyana – (October 5, 2015) – The Office of the First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, along with the Luminous Women’s Group, today collaborated with well-known Guyanese entrepreneur and philanthropist, Stanley Ming to host a group for retired head teachers as Guyana joins the rest of the world in observance of World Teachers’ Day.
The group, which includes 24 veteran educators and six members of the Luminous Women’s Group, were taken on a fun day trip to a resort at Parika, which is one of the Ming’s recent establishments.
Gloria Croft, a retired head teacher and member of the Luminous Women’s Group, expressed her appreciation to the First Lady’s Office and her corporate partner for putting forward such a thoughtful gesture for the group of retirees, who have given decades of dedicated service to educating Guyana’s children.
Croft is urging young teachers who are currently in the education system to become more committed. She added while the Union advocates passionately for the welfare and rights of teachers, those rights come with responsibilities, which should be taken seriously.
“Teachers must also be more receptive to advice and training workshops that are facilitated by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry must establish a more stringent system to monitor the effectiveness of those in service workshops,” Croft explained.
Ingrid Fung, another veteran educator who has been in the education system since 1969, is encouraging teachers to give their best to the charges. She said, “years from now when you see them again as doctors and lawyers and other successful individuals, you will realize the importance of your job.”
The Luminous Women Group was established in March. One of its members, Hazel Moses-Waldrond said that they have been collaborating closely with the Office of the First Lady, since they share the same vision in relation to care and protection for the elderly, and support for single parents, out of school youths and other vulnerable groups.
October 5 was designated by the United Nations as “World Teachers’ Day” in recognition of the vital role teachers’ play in providing quality education and moulding the future of nations. This year, World Teachers’ Day is being observed under the theme, “Empowering teachers, building sustainable societies”