A Day Full of Thoughts and Festivities
As on every 5 October, teachers all over the national territory celebrated the 28th edition of World Teachers’ Day under the theme: “The Transformation of Education Begins with Teachers.”
Activities marking this year’s celebration began on Monday, 26 September 2022, with the hosting of MINESEC and MINEDUB officials on the CRTV National station. It went on the following days in both ministries with sensitization campaign on health issues, gastronomic fair, athletic walk, sport encounters, a round table conference, exhibition of teaching materials and culminated on 5 October 2022.
In Yaounde, the Multipurpose Sports Complex played host to the Grand Meeting of 5 October. The program of this Day featured three main interventions, including reading of UNESCO’s message by Paul Raymond Coustere, UNESCO Regional Director for Central Africa, academic discourse by a teacher on the theme and the speech by the Minister of Basic Education, Prof Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa.
Speaking on behalf of the Government, Minister Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa, presiding officer of this year’s celebration, presented education as a “powerful vector of change that improves health, livelihoods, contributes to social stability, stimulates productivity, innovation, entrepreneurship, as well as long term economic growth.”
He praised teachers and requested the audience to observe a moment of silence in memory of teachers who passed away since the last edition. He reiterated the continuous efforts made by the Government in improving the condition of teachers in spite of all the challenges faced. During this ceremony, over 100 teachers were awarded Academic Palms.
After the ceremony at the Multipurpose Sports Complex, officials of the Ministry of Secondary Education ended their Day rejoicing around a cocktail offered by Prof Nalova Lyonga, Minister of Secondary Education. The Minister who was assisted by the Secretary of State in charge of Teacher’s Training and the Secretary-General seized this opportunity to discuss and share a bite with her staff some of whom were awarded Academic Palms. Rendez-vous is taken for the next edition in 2023.
ABILAMEKOU BADJEL / CADRE CELCOM