KARACHI: – Like other parts of Pakistan, ‘World Teachers Day’ was observed in Karachi to pay tribute and highlight the importance of teachers in the society.
One of the programmes was organized by Badal Do consortium here at a local hotel. It was attended by a large number of teachers, educational experts and non-for-profit organizations representative; mostly part of this consortium.
Kazi Ayaz Mahesar- Coordinator of Unicef in Sindh elaborated this year’s theme of World Teacher Day, ‘Teaching in freedom-Empowering teachers’. He was of the view that commercial interests and political pressures had seriously cramped the ability of educational fraternity.
“For such reasons, the joint message by the heads of UNESCO, ILO (International Labour Organization), UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), UNDP (United Nations’ Development Programme), and other global organizations consisted of an appeal to their partner governments, to different educational systems across the world, and to private sector to commit themselves to building a highly skilled, valued, and empowered education workforce,” he said.
He informed that they, UNICEF, were in liaison with the authorities to declare holiday during festivals of minorities and we got success in observing the holiday in Sindh at the occasion of Dewali, last year.
Afia Salam of Badal Do presented the aims and objectives of the initiative and the innovative training programme launched to promote tolerance, peace and inclusion in society, through the teachers in the initial phase by the use of experiential learning, interactive teaching methods using a mix of teacher training modules and, creative approaches, collaborative spaces and mediums of theatre, arts and music, they aspire to make involve everyone in the experience.
The seven partners of Badal Do are, AzCorp Entertainment, Society for International Education (SIE), Pak-American Cultural Centre (PACC), Teachers’ Resource Centre (TRC), Children’s Museum for Peace and Human Rights (CMPHR), the School of Writing (TSW), and Mind Map Communications (MMC).
In her motivational address, Principal of Habib Public School-Karachi, Nargis Alvi said the teachers in the present times have been left with no option other than to inculcate good values and norms of the culture and society as students have less opportunity to learn the same while being at homes, owing to virtual breakdown of the joint family system.
She said that schools and teachers should teach students to show respect and be completely tolerant to values, cultures, norms, social practices, and belief systems of different sections of society for peaceful coexistence with all the communities.
Earlier, Rumana Husain, educationists, well-known children books writers and also part of Badal Do consortium welcomed the guests.
The programme ended with a hilarious stand-up comedy session by Fahim Azam.