A special World Teachers’ Day at IGS

IGS joined schools around the world to celebrate the contribution of teachers and support staff during COVID-19.

With the theme Leading in crisis, reimagining the future, World Teachers’ Day in 2020 celebrated the contribution of millions of teachers in 2020.

“Teachers and support staff have played an essential role around the world this year,” IGS Principal Shauna Colnan said. 

“Where would we be if teachers didn’t roll up their sleeves to ensure continuity of learning?”

COVID-19 poses a great threat to education around the world. Billions of students have been out of school this year. At IGS we were fortunate our teachers could continue to teach from home.

“World Teachers’ Day is an opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved.”

World Teachers’ Day was first established by UNESCO in 1994. It provides an annual occasion to take stock of achievements and raise awareness around challenges facing teachers and their role in the achievement of the global education targets. 

As UNESCO points out: “… the issue of teacher leadership in relation to crisis responses is not just timely, but critical in terms of the contributions teachers have recently made to provide remote learning, support vulnerable populations, re-open schools, and ensure that learning gaps in the curriculum are being mitigated.

“The COVID-19 crisis created a unique situation for teacher leadership, creativity and innovation to be demonstrated. Around the world, teachers are working individually and collectively to find solutions and create new learning environments for their students to ensure that learning could be continued.

“In most cases without much warning and with little time to prepare, teachers have had to modify or condense the curriculum and adapt lesson plans to carry on with instruction, whether via the internet, mobile phone, television, or radio broadcast. In many low-income countries, where there is poor or no connectivity to the internet or mobile networks, teachers have prepared take-home packages for their students.

“The move to online learning has required capacity for innovation and creativity never before attempted in order to keep children engaged and learning. Some teachers have even posted their lessons online for the benefit of all; others check-in with their students through WhatsApp, while others visit homes to pick up work and bring back revisions and feedback. Teachers have formed communities of practice and support groups through social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

“Without much guidance or pedagogical support from education authorities, the frontline workers of the education sector are showing great capacity and flexibility to adapt to an ever-evolving situation in order to keep children and youth learning.”

IGS thanks the PTF for their generous gift of cupcakes!