World Teachers' Day commemorated as 250 million children do not learn basic skills

    If teachers have “appropriate contracts and salaries” as well as proper resources and training they can manage to address problems that millions of children in the world faced in not knowing the basic education skills, according to a statement that read out to hundreds of teachers and students in Nuku’aofa yesterday.

    Marking the World Teacher’s Day, Lady Tuna Fielakepa, a government retired Chief Education Officer, read the statement from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which says that 250 million children, “over half of whom have spent four years in school”, around the world today do not learn  the basic education skills  because of teachers working “without resources or proper training”.

    It says that a“high-quality pre-and in-service training for teachers, based on respect for human rights and the principles of inclusive education; and effective management, including teacher recruitment and deployment” are important to maintain teachers’ willingness and aspiration.

    The international body says for the teachers to be efficient and effective in their roles they need necessary and essentials tools.

    “Equipping teachers to succeed is therefore a priority. This means rigorous training, better conditions for employment, quality-based teacher recruitment, thoughtful deployment and attracting new teachers and talents, especially young people and women from under-represented communities”, it says.

    There are increasing problems Tongan communities around the world face today such as school violence, abortions, youth crimes as well as drugs related crimes and Tongan community leaders are struggling to find a solution that can best resolve them.

    UNESCO says, “A good education enables [children], as global citizens, to respond to the challenges of a complex world, and contribute to building peaceful and sustainable communities”.

    In central Nuku’alofa yesterday teachers, school children and supporters paraded along Taufa’ahau Rd to Teufaiva Outdoor Stadium where students presented a number of entertainment items to celebrate the historical day.

    Tonga’s Minister of Education Dr ‘Ana Maui Taufe’ulungaki led the march which was joined by leaders of schools from churches and government.

    Tonga commemorated the 20th anniversary of the World Teachers’ Day two days ahead of the actual date which is October 5. This year’s theme is – Invest in the future, invest in teachers.

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    1. Ke ma’u ‘e he kau faiakó ha konituleki mo vāhenga lelei pehē ki he nāunau totonu ki he faiakó ʻe tokoni ia ki ha meʻa ʻe fai ke solova ʻa e faingataʻa ʻoku fekuki mo e fānau ʻe lau miliona ʻi māmani ʻoku ʻikai ke nau ʻilo ʻa e ngaahi pōtoʻi tefito ʻo e akó ko e konga ia ʻo ha fakamatala ne lau atu ki ha kau faiako mo e fānau ako ʻe lau ngeau ne nau fakatahataha ʻi Nukuʻalofa ʻaneafi.

      ʻI hono fakaʻilongaʻi e ʻAho Fakamāmani ʻo e Kau Faiakó, naʻe meʻaʻaki ʻe Lady Tuna Fielakepa, ko e ʻOfisa Ako Pule mālōlō ʻa e Potungāue Ako ʻa e puleʻangá, ha fakamatala ʻa e UNESCO ʻa ia naʻe pehē ai ko ha fokotuʻutuʻu ngāue mātuʻaki lelei ʻa hono kualitií ʻe faʻu ke teuʻi ʻaki e kau faiakó ki muʻa mo teuʻi lolotonga ʻenau fakahoko fatongiá, faʻu ke makatuʻunga ʻi hono fakaʻapaʻapaʻi e Totonu ʻa e Tangatá mo e ngaahi fakakaukau ʻo e ako-kau-kātoá ; mo fokotuʻutuʻu lelei, kau ki ai e anga hono fakangāueʻi ʻo e kau faiakó mo e fakahoko lelei ʻa honau fatongiá ʻa e taha e ngaahi konga mahuʻinga ke pukepuke ‘a e loto mo tutui ki he ikuna ʻa e kau faiakó.

      ʻOku ʻi ai ʻa e fānau ʻe toko 250 miliona ʻi māmani he ʻahó ni ʻoku teʻeki ai ke nau ako kinautolu ke ʻilo ʻa e ngaahi tefitoʻi pōtoʻi totonu ʻoku fiemaʻu ke ʻilo ʻe he fānau akó ʻi heʻenau fuofua hū pe ko ē ki he ngaahi ʻuluaki akoʻangá.

      Naʻe pehē ʻe he sino fakavahaʻapuleʻanga ko ʻení ko hano vete ʻo e faingataʻá ní kuopau ke fakamuʻomuʻa hano ʻoange ki he kau faiakó ʻa e nāunau ʻoku fiemaʻu mo pau ke maʻu ki heʻenau toʻo fatongiá , fai hano akoʻi moʻoni e kau faiakó, ʻai ke lelei ange e ngaahi makatuʻunga ʻoku fai ai honau fakangāueʻí, fakangāueʻi kinautolu ʻo makatuʻunga ʻi he kualitií, fakahoko fatongia fakapotopotó pea tohoakiʻi mai ha kau faiako foʻou mo talēniti, tautefito ki he kakai kei iiki mo e kakai fefine mei he ngaahi komiunitī ʻoku ʻikai ke nau fuʻu loko ʻasi ʻi ha meʻá .
      ʻOku fehangahangai ʻa e ngaahi komiunitī Tonga ʻi māmaní mo ha ngaahi palopalema ʻoku fakalalahi ʻo hangē ko e kē fakaako, fakatōtama, faihia ʻa e toʻutupú pehē ki he ngaahi hia fekauʻaki mo e faitoʻo konatapú pea ʻoku fefaʻuhi heni ʻa e kau taki ʻo e komiunitī Tongá mo e faingataʻa hano kumi ki ha vete ‘e lelei taha ha’ane faitoʻo kinautolu.

      Kuo pehē ʻe he UNESCO ko e ako leleí te ne ʻoange e mafai fakaʻatamai ki he fānaú, ʻa ia ko e tangataʻi fonua fakakolope kinautolu, ke nau lava tali tekeʻi ʻa e ngaahi pole ʻo e māmani faingataʻá ni mo tokoni ki hano langa ha ngaahi komiunitī ʻoku melino mo tolongá.

      ʻAneafi ʻi Nukuʻalofa naʻe laka fiefia ʻa e kau faiako, fānauako mo ha kau poupou he loto Hala Tāufaʻāhaú ki he Sitētiume Teufaivá ʻa ia ne fakahoko ai ʻe ha fānau ako ha ngaahi fakafiefia ke kātoangaʻiʻaki ʻa e ʻaho fakahisitōliá ni.

      Naʻe taki ʻa e laká ni ʻe he Minisitā Ako ʻa Tongá, Dr ʻAna Maui Taufeʻulunfaki ʻa ia ne kau atu ki ai mo e kau taki he ngaahi ako ʻa e siasí mo e puleʻangá foki.

      Ko e fakamanatu ʻo e ʻAho e Kau Faiako ʻa Māmaní ʻi he ʻaho 5 ʻo ʻOkatopa ní ʻokú ne maakaʻi ai e taʻu ʻe 20 talu ʻene tuʻu. Ko e kaveinga ʻo e taʻu ní ko e – ʻinivesi ʻi he kahaʻú ʻinivesi ʻi he kau faiakó.

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