Every year, the 18th of July commemorates the birthday of a great man that fought for freedom and made the world a better place… Nelson Mandela Day not only celebrates Nelson Mandela’s life, but it is also a global call-to-action for people to recognise their ability to have a positive effect on others around them.
Nelson Mandela spent 67 years fighting to make the world a better place, hence the call-to-action on Mandela Day to each and every individual to do their bit and dedicate 67 minutes to make a positive impact on the world. When it comes to the role of a teacher, their 67 minutes will be invested each and every year in the classroom. Their role stretches far beyond a double-digit number. Teachers need to make a difference in the lives of their students every single day. Here are a few reasons how:
PROVIDE A SAFE HAVEN
We all wish that the world was a safer and better place for our children, but the sad and harsh reality is that domestic violence, sexual abuse, discrimination and bullying, are all things that taunt the innocent lives of students every day. A good teacher is a hero to these children. They notice when something is wrong, lend a helping hand and provide a warm hug. Teachers are often the ones students confide in and who helps with the best solution to a problem.
HELP FIGHT POVERTY
Education is the most important tool for fighting poverty. Without literacy skills and basic education, families cannot overcome social and economic barriers. Every day teachers in underprivileged communities fight poverty by giving children access to the education they need and deserve to make a better life for themselves.
Even for the best of students, there always needs to be a teacher on their shoulder and in their ear to remind them to always try harder and give your absolute best. Motivation is not a short-term solution, this helped each and every one of us to succeed later in life and ensure that we always give 110%. Motivation gives longevity to life lessons that always come in handy!
BE A ROLE MODEL
When you generally ask a child who their role models are, they most likely come up with a list of movie stars, influencers or athletes. As a teacher, you need to be first on that list – modelling positive behaviour, good choices and a zesty approach to life.
“If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam