Kenyan teachers deserve respect for their role in shaping society

Teachers play a critical role in forming the nation. Every single professional happens to have passed through the hands of a teacher, formally or informally. As teachers work their fingers to the bone, at times in unfriendly circumstances, they have to keep going.

This year, Brother Peter Tabichi, a Kenyan teacher, received global recognition for his work in Subukia, Nakuru County, that deserves praise.

Alongside Tabichi are several other unsung heroes in the teaching profession who deserve accolades.

It has always been said that a parent is the first teacher while a teacher is the second parent and this goes to show just how important teachers are in any society.

A teacher can be many traits all rolled into one: a teacher, a parent, a mentor, a nurse, a counsellor, a sport person, a spiritual guide and a peace advocate.

In the era of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC), a teacher may just be called upon to be more than they have ever been.

If you ask people around, they will say that there is at least one teacher who had a great impact on their lives. The teacher could have just bought them shoes, put them on a lunch programme or even took them into their family. These seemingly small acts of kindness definitely changed the lives of many.

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John Baptiste De La Salle, the Roman Catholic Patron Saint of teachers, once said, “Love your students so much as to be ready to die for them.”

De La Salle is among the celebrated teachers who changed the course of history in the lives of many learners as well as in the entire teaching profession when he picked poor boys in Middle-age France and educated them.

And so many schools across the world - including Kenya - are modelled on his teachings.

Teachers must never at any time feel that they have been neglected. Because of the role they play, they should actually be among the first to be considered when government servants are considered; in them lies the future of Kenya. Let’s celebrate all Kenyan teachers!  

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