Port Elizabeth pastors have been asked to mark World Teachers Day (October 12) by doing something special to encourage teachers during church services on Sunday. The call is made in an email from Johann McFarlane, Co-ordinator of the Transformation Christian Network (TCN) Church Education Task Team.
“It could be something such as asking the teachers to stand or come forward and then to pray for them. We would sincerely appreciate any gesture to lift them up,” he says in his email.
World Teachers’ Day has been held annually on October 5 since 1994 when it was created by UNESCO to celebrate teachers worldwide. Its aim is to mobilise support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.
South African Christian teachers recently got together at a convention in Bloemfontein to encourage each other in their calling of teaching and specifically to focus on building better relationships between teachers, learners and parents.