Today is World Teachers’ Day. This year’s theme is “Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status”. This resonates strongly with South Sudanese teachers, many of whom have seen declining respect for the teaching profession due to low incomes.
However, we continue to be impressed by the resilience & determination of teachers throughout South Sudan, who remain committed to their profession despite the many barriers facing them.
On this #WorldTeachersDay we asked teachers in South Sudan the following question:
What’s your favourite thing about being a teacher?
Henerita Yoasa Tombe, Head Mistress at Juba Girls Secondary School, replied:
“Not all wants to be a teacher, however the spirit to teach others is the inspiration. I enjoy transferring knowledge. Teachers are a torch to the nation. That’s why I like teaching.”
John – Teacher at Mayath Girls’ Primary School, (former) Lakes State says:
“There is a good life in educating a child, because it helps them become a responsible person.” But he believes that teaching also has a positive impact on the teachers themselves. For John, teaching “opens your mind and makes you to be flexible to the people and community around you.”
Bonfilio Tongun Alfonse from Supiri Secondary School, juba:
“My favorite thing about being a teacher is teaching and impacting knowledge in to others. Because of this I cannot leave teaching to go and do something else even if what I earn is very small”