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Tongan Teachers Today Celebrate World Teachers Day

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 06/10/2017


Hundreds of teachers gathered this morning at the Queen Salote College Hall to celebrate World Teachers day with the theme “Freedom in Teaching, Empowering Teachers.”


This year’s celebration program was led by the St Andrews High School, of the Anglican Church Education Department, and their school band led the teachers march from the Flag Post at Vuna Wharf, which continued along Taufa’ahau Road to Queen Salote College.


Hundreds of teachers joined this march as well as staff of the government and various churchs’ education systems around Tongatapu. Bands from 8 other schools also accompanied the teachers on the march.


At Queen Salote College, the teachers gathered at school hall for the special program in which the Bishop of the Catholic Church Diocese of Tonga and Niue, His Emminence Cardinal Mafi, was guest of honor.


There was a one-minute silence observed in commemoration of teachers who had passed in the past year followed by a prayer led by Right Reverend, Dr. Afa Vaka.


In his keynote address Cardinal Mafi said World Teachers Day is an opportunity for the teachers in Tonga to support teachers as there may be teachers overseas who do not have the opportunities Tongan teachers have.


“I don’t think we are that bad, or severe yet, but I’m not saying we are perfect. We have our own struggles in terms of this precious theme. We go beyond our whole setting as the whole meaning of this annual day of teachers around the world is an opportunity to go beyond our own little setting our nation context, and remember and even pray for those countries, perhaps they don’t have this freedom to exercise fully this noble task, and we can even say, a divine task.”


The Hon. Minister for Education and Training, Peni Fifita, then concluded the program, thanking the teachers for another year of hard work and sacrifices, as well as encouraging them to continue this noble duty.


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