Hey folks! Today’s World Teachers’ Day, so take the opportunity to say thank you to the teachers making positive difference in your life.

Take a moment to consider the skills you have now and the person that taught these skills to you. Remember your first English teacher, who taught you the ‘i before e’ rule, your ABC’s and the difference between a noun and a verb.

Remember your first Maths teacher who taught you to add and subtract, to tell the time and explained the 24 hour clock, even though there’s only twelve numbers on a clock face.

Today is World Teachers’ Day – a UNESCO initiative that celebrates teachers around the world. Since 1994, WTD is held annually on October 5, to raise awareness and address the issues pertinent to teachers: whilst recognising the contribution they make to education.

Isn’t it curious that one of the most pivotal professions in our society that impacts our young people, influences our leaders of tomorrow and affects the way we live our life, rarely receives the respect or acknowledgement it deserves.

Teachers and school communities are a vital component to the healthy functioning of our society and yet in Nigeria, teacher morale is in crisis, external criticism is rife and sickness due to stress is exploding.

Today is the day to appreciate teachers and the extraordinary job they do to teach, support and inspire us. As you finish this article, raise a glass to the teachers that inspired you. Say thank you to the teachers that made a positive difference in your life.

Teachers are the most valuable resource in education. It’s time to appreciate their value in our society. You cannot put a price on inspiring a child to be the best they can be. Teachers are the unsung heroes of our communities.

Today of all days, let’s acknowledge and celebrate their foundational influence in our lives.