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World Teachers’ Day Message from Minister for Education Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly

Education 12 Oct, 2023 Follow News

Acting Premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly

Theme: “The teachers we need for the education we want: The global imperative to reverse the teacher shortage”

As we celebrate World Teachers’ Day, I express my sincerest appreciation for the exceptional work done by our nation’s teachers in shaping the minds of our children and young people.

Mark Van Doren, a celebrated American scholar, once said, “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” These words serve as a poignant reminder that you, as teachers, do more than impart knowledge; you illuminate the path to a world filled with endless possibilities.

Today, as we celebrate your unwavering dedication, I want to address a pressing concern beyond our shores – the global teacher shortage.

While we welcomed 137 new educators to our public schools this past August, we are mindful of our increasing challenges in attracting high-quality teachers.

The imperative to reverse this worldwide trend is unmistakable.

We must acknowledge that teachers are the very heart and soul of our educational system. Just as we invest in the growth of our students, we must invest in those who nurture and guide them.

We recognised the paramount importance of valuing our classroom teachers by enhancing their remuneration packages. The results of this have been evident in our schools’ vibrant and dynamic learning environments and the profoundly positive impact on the lives of our students.

In addition, my team and I are diligently working to provide revised compensation packages for administrators and assistant teachers. This marks a pivotal step toward ensuring that every member of our educational community feels cherished and supported.

Though the cost of living here in the Cayman Islands has recently posed challenges in attracting educators, I am optimistic that we can work collaboratively to identify viable solutions.

Your advocacy and passion for education have the power to inspire others to join our noble mission, much like the 37 newly qualified Caymanian educators who have recently embarked on this transformative journey.

Today, as we commemorate World Teacher’s Day, let us all take a moment to reflect upon the global imperative to reverse the teacher shortage and unite in our steadfast commitment to provide the education our students so rightfully deserve.

Together, we can work toward rendering the term “teacher shortage” a relic of the past.

Once again, I extend my warmest wishes to all our esteemed teachers on this special day.

Your influence knows no bounds, and your impact is immeasurable. Thank you for being the teachers we need to create the education we aspire to.

May God bless you all and bless these beloved Cayman Islands!

Thank You.

Have a wonderful Teachers’ Day!

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