The Institute of Educational Research and Innovation Studies (IERIS) of the University of Education, Winneba on 5th October 2017 held the World Teachers’ Day, under the theme “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers.” The event, which was held at the Jophus Anamuah-Mensah Conference Center witnessed the presence of the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University, Deans and Heads of Faculties, Divisions and Departments, representatives of NAGRAT and GNAT, the Municipal Director of GES, Effutu, Teachers and Students and Pupils from selected Junior and Senior High Schools in the Effutu Municipality and other distinguished  personalities.

In his opening remarks, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University, Rev. Fr Professor Anthony Afful-Broni said that teaching is a vocation and a special calling from God. “It is a deep seated service of calling to perform something beyond what anyone can give and today” he said. He added that the University is proud to host this event to salute teachers and to tell government to acknowledge the efforts of these teachers by implementing certain policies to help the profession.

Touching on the unique mandate of the University as a leader in teacher education, he noted that “the University of Education, Winneba, is the first in Africa to be established solely and single handedly to the course of teachers.” He added that UEW has raised a number of good teachers for Ghana and should be commended for its effort in training quality teachers for the nation.

Speaking on the purpose for the event, the first Vice-Chancellor of the University and Consultant of IERIS, Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah stated that the occasion was to highlight the achievements and contribution of teacher at all levels, primary, secondary and the tertiary to the development of the children and the nation at large.

World Teachers’ Day was celebrated annually to mark the 1966 UNESCO recommendation for the service of teachers. The 2017 World Teachers’ Day marks the 21st Anniversary of this recommendation which specifies teachers’ rights and responsibilities globally.

He also mentioned that teacher quality was important since teachers have the ability to “unplug the potential of a student and to help in their development.” He stressed on certain key issues, professionalism of the teacher, cooperation and policy issues, teacher training and development and teacher rights and responsibilities which should be addressed to help in the development of teacher in the nation.

As part of the celebration, research findings were disseminated by the lead researcher, head of National Centre for Research into Basic Education, Dr. Emmanuel Tamanja on the topic “Motives for Pursuing Teaching as a Profession by Student-Teachers in the University of Education, Winneba.”

Question and Answer segments were held to further discuss issues of education that emerged in the presentation.

By: Bridget Okai

Media Relations