President's Message Education Week 2017

Publication Date: 
Monday, May 8, 2017
Each year the Jamaica Teachers’ Association marks the first full week in May as Education Week. The various activities planned for the week will highlight and sensitize all stakeholders and the wider society of the value of education to national development.
The celebration of Education Week and its attendant activities is more than a ritual. Once more, the collective efforts of policy makers, private sector, administrators, teachers, parents and students will examine and celebrate personnel and achievements as we continue our efforts as a nation to develop a responsible, educated and civil society.
The theme selected for this year, “Navigating the Education Landscape - Transforming, Engaging, Collaborating, Facilitating and Leading”, is quite timely and relevant. It brings into focus several critical tenets of the teaching/learning experience and fundamentally pinpoints the value of collaboration as we plot the course for our education system. Additionally, as we navigate, it is essential that all stakeholders recognise their critical roles in the process. Too often the impression is promulgated that teachers are the ones with the golden wand to bring about the changes. As an Association, we once again remind all of Jamaica that “it takes a village to raise the child”. In so doing, all hands must be on deck, the state, teachers, parents and students in particular must develop the tenacity to be responsive and responsible as we develop an engaging,
effective and efficient education system.
One of the major initiatives during Education Week will be Read Across Jamaica Day. This activity began several years ago in an effort to promote literacy and a love for reading. We want children to develop the habit of reading from an early age. Hence, we need to help our children to develop the skills that will make them
literate because their future educational advancement rests on this foundation. I would like to take note of the many persons from all sectors of the society who have decided to find a school on that day and spend some time reading and interacting with children in classrooms all over the country. We believe that this can only
produce positive results.
Finally, the Jamaica Teachers’ Association values significantly the invaluable efforts of our teachers as they remain the vanguards of our society. As we celebrate the week, we are cognizant of the efforts of those who served before us, who laid a solid foundation upon which we build today. Those of us who are serving, we
applaud your efforts and congratulate you for your sterling contribution to nation building. Despite the challenges you remain committed to the tasks at hand, as we Unite and Serve.
Howard R Isaacs, JP

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