An Open Letter to Every Teacher…

By Rachel Lynch

Dear teachers,

Badjao Nano Nagle Early Learning Centre team

Badjao Nano Nagle Early Learning Centre team

Today, on World Teacher’s Day, I would like to say THANK YOU. Thank you to every single one of you. Thank you for your dedication and hard work. Thank you for your compassion and empathy. Thank you for your understanding and patience. Thank you for your creativity and enthusiasm. Thank you for choosing one of the most rewarding and challenging professions in the world.

I would argue that teaching is the most important job in the world, for education is the most powerful tool we can carry. My time in The Philippines with SERVE in 2017 really engraved in me a deep understanding of the importance of education. Introducing a formal education system into any community in the world can completely transform that community for the generations to come. And that transformation cannot happen without all of you, teachers. Teachers who are committed to their pupils. Teachers who see the potential of the individuals and community they are working with. Teachers who will never give up. We are so thankful for you.

jIn Ireland, The Philippines, or anywhere in the world, all teachers have one thing in common – they all shape their learners’ minds. YOU are the ones building the doctors and nurses, firemen and astronauts, engineers and scientists, mathematicians and psychologists of the future. You are the ones preparing children for the big bad world. You teach so much more than maths and literacy and science. You teach kindness and compassion, empathy and understanding, creativity and expression.