International Teachers' Day: Radford celebrates
By Louise Wallace-Richards - Assistant Principal, Teaching and Learning
On Tuesday 22 October, the teachers and students of our Secondary School celebrated International Teachers’ Day on the Morison Centre lawn with music, messages of thanks to teachers and, of course, a sausage sizzle. The day was also proclaimed Mufti Day for teachers and students, all in the cause of fundraising for UNICEF and Aid for Africa.
It was also a day for Radford students to reflect on how fortunate they are to live in a country such as Australia, where education is a right enshrined in law, and how they do not have to experience the struggle to be allowed to attend school, like the experiences of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, whose determination to receive an education and defy the Taliban is legendary:
International Teachers’ Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries world-wide and was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1994. The day recognises the role of teachers in society and is held internationally on 5 October.
The theme of International Teachers’ Day in 2019 was Young Teachers: The future of the Profession. At Radford, we chose UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) and Aid for Africa as the focus for our fundraising to improve the quality of teaching and learning in developing countries. It is a fact that of the fifty-eight million primary-aged children who are not in school, half are from war-torn countries and conflict. Other barriers to education include poverty, humanitarian disasters and gender inequality. Source
Internationally, UNICEF is:
committed to free access to education for every child, every girl and boy. From early childhood education through primary school and beyond, our approach to education is a holistic one, ensuring children are not only taught how to read and write, but to be active members of society who share their knowledge for the benefit of all. We train teachers and work with parents, community leaders and governments to develop life-changing curriculums that are inclusive, to reach all children in a community. Source
Aid for Africa is an organisation that uses donations to improve education opportunities for girls in African countries including Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. The benefits of educating children and particularly girls in developing countries are summarised by the organisation below:
Girls who go to school and stay in school are able to find jobs, and they spend most of their incomes on their families. They marry later and have fewer children, and the children they have are more likely to be healthy. Educated girls help themselves, their families, their communities, and their countries. Source
Through the Mufti Day and the barbeque, the students and staff of the Secondary School raised over $1100. This money will be used by UNICEF and Aid for Africa to purchase teaching materials for classes, uniforms for students and much more to make an education attainable for many children. RAS (Radford Awareness Service- Learning) will also contribute funds to these charities.
Special thanks for the organisation of this day must go to Executive Assistant, Kirsty Mack, the Captains Ethan Nguyen, Katie Kosa, Vice Captains Amy Theakston and Will Goodchild and the Prefects who signed up to cook sausages. International Teachers’ Day will now become a regular event in the College calendar, when we have a chance to celebrate our educational opportunities, thank the Radford teachers, and raise money to assist other children have a chance to go to school.