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Territorial At-Large Representative Honourable Sharie B. de Castro donated over 700 gifts in honour and appreciation to teachers across the Territory in observation of World's Teacher's Day.
The gifts were prepared for all the primary and secondary school teachers, both public and private, across the entire territory; Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke.
In her presentation Honourable de Castro said, “I could not let today, October 5th, the day officially designated as World Teachers' Day, pass without sharing a few tokens.”
“This is a small token for your great contribution and the sacrifices you make in molding students to become productive members of the society and in laying their foundation to success,” she added.
Honourable de Castro, a former educator herself, reminded the citizenry to thank and show appreciation to the dedicated teachers for their crucial role in nurturing the hope for a better future.
"I saw teachers who have taught me, teachers who I taught alongside and teachers who I have never met. Yet, it was evident that there was one thing that we all had in common - the desire to make a difference," she said.
In her comments regarding this initiative she said, "I know I hold the title of Honourable, but I came into contact with so many honourable men and women who go above and beyond the call of duty every single day, to impact the lives of our children. Our future in the BVI is brighter because of them. As a teacher at heart, I just wanted to give this simple but special token of appreciation to all of you.”
The United Nations' (UN) World Teacher's Day is observed every 5th of October and commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.
According to UNESCO, the said recommendation sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions.