Farouk Araie
3 minute read
9 Dec 2020
10:35

LETTERS | Let’s sing the praises of our unsung heroes, the teachers

Farouk Araie

This year, an ignominious virus-laden grim year, is drawing to a close and in its wake it leaves a trail of destruction and human carnage to be recorded in the annals of human history.

LETTER:


This year, an ignominious virus-laden grim year, is drawing to a close and in its wake it leaves a trail of destruction and human carnage to be recorded in the annals of human history.

In every avenue of human endeavour, brave front-line first responders have confronted fearlessly the invisible biological intruder.

Among them have been our dedicated teachers. Our teachers are probably some of the most undervalued people in society and they are often criticised for being ineffective, or chastised for no valid reason.
Farouk Araie

Among them have been our dedicated teachers. Our teachers are probably some of the most undervalued people in society and they are often criticised for being ineffective, or chastised for no valid reason.

During this time of challenge, we stand in reverence of our teachers’ fearless and selfless efforts.

From embracing remote learning opportunities to providing emergency childcare, our teachers have stepped up to the plate.

During a crisis, assumptions start to fall away and people start to question things they had previously taken for granted. Teachers certainly fall into this category — they were taken for granted until we were forced to realise the essential role that they play in our children’s lives.

This year’s Covid-19 pandemic has changed the landscape for education. It has fuelled a much greater appreciation for virtual learning as a support mechanism.

Our teachers have demonstrated repeatedly during this pandemic their commitment to the children in their classroom.

Our teachers play a very important role, they are our role models, our inspiration and our parent figures outside of our homes who teach us many lessons about life.
Farouk Araie

It was Mustafa Kemal Atatürk who said: “A good teacher is like a candle, it consumes itself to light the way for others.”

Our teachers play a very important role, they are our role models, our inspiration and our parent figures outside of our homes who teach us many lessons about life.

William Butler Yeats offered these profound words: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

Our teachers put in three times the amount of work and effort to curate e-learning curriculums that ensured that their pupils did not suffer academically. In this pandemic environment, teachers have had to adapt from being in charge in a classroom full of children, to being pale shadows of themselves as tiny blips on a small screen.

We are all aware of the tremendous fortitude that has been displayed by doctors and nurses during the Covid-19 pandemic, but what has been overlooked is the robust performance of the teaching fraternity.

Sadly, on many occasions dedicated teachers have been belittled and reviled by parents during the pandemic. Nevertheless, their impact on our precious growing children is obviously infinite.
Farouk Araie

Sadly, on many occasions dedicated teachers have been belittled and reviled by parents during the pandemic.

Nevertheless, their impact on our precious growing children is obviously infinite.

As Henry Brooks Adams said: “Teachers affect eternity …”

It is clearly time to sing the praises of our unsung heroes, the teachers.

A grateful nation salutes you all.

You will remain eternal symbols of individual excellence.

FAROUK ARAIE

Johannesburg

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