The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) yesterday launched the 2021 GNAT Week and the World Teachers Day celebration in Sunyani in the Bono Region.
Teachers in the country will join their counterparts around the world to commemorate the day, which falls on October 5, 2021, in Sunyani.
The event will be on the theme: “Teachers wanted: Reclaiming teaching and learning for human-centred recovery”.
And as part of activities lined-up for the day, all districts of the country will organise quizzes on the theme, play games, embark on excursions, among other activities.
The GNAT Week, which will be observed prior to the commemoration of the day, will be used to sensitise the public to the plight of teachers in the discharge of their duties.
The association presented assorted items, including 100 life jackets and 10 solar panels, to teachers, pupils and students living on islands in the Volta Lake in the Sene East and the Sene West districts in the Bono East Region.
Among the beneficiary schools is the Old Nkomi D/A Kindergarten and Primary, a deprived facility in the Sene District.
In addition, the association donated 40 dual desks and eight teachers’ tables and chairs to the school to facilitate teaching and learning.
It further provided 50 brilliant, needy pupils with school uniforms, bags, canvas boots with socks, exercise books, supplementary readers, pens and pencils to encourage them to stay in school.
The General-Secretary of GNAT, Mr Thomas Tanko Musah, said this year’s launch was unique, since it was the first time it was done outside Accra, the national capital.
He said the change in venue of the launch was to give opportunity to members of GNAT and pupils and students in the region to have a feel of the celebration and how teachers contributed significantly to the socio-economic development of the country.
Mr Musah further explained that the association decided to donate the items to schools on the islands because of the difficulties teachers there went through because of the unavailability of teaching and learning materials.
The President of the association, Ms Philippa Larsen, said statistics from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) showed that more than 25.8 million teachers were needed to provide every child with primary education by 2030.
She said being the mother teacher union and major stakeholder in the educational enterprise in the country, GNAT would continue to play its role in ensuring that effective teaching and learning went on smoothly in schools.
Ms Larsen, however, appealed for more government and public support to enable members to discharge their responsibilities efficiently.