Children teachers urged to see themselves as nation builders
Thursday, July 5 to 8, 2018 was a period of sober reflection for children’s Teachers of Methodist Church,Rt. Rev. Dr. Etim Nigeria in the South-South zone.
Children Teachers led by the Conference Coordinator, Very Rev. Jonathan Udofia and the Conference Superintendent, Bro Chris Amaechi met at Methodist Cathedral, D/Line, Port Harcourt for the Convention.
It was declared open by the Archbishop of Port Harcourt, His Grace, Most Rev. (Dr) Sunday Agwu.
In his teaching, the Bishop of D/Line, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Etim Ekong, JP urged the Teachers to see themselves as Nation Builders.
The academic qualification, patriotism, effectiveness and impact of the Children teacher are directly proportional to the future and economic stability of any Nation.
The teacher to a great extent directly and indirectly determines the economy, peace, unity and political atmosphere of every nation because, the work they have done in the lives of the Children from the cradle to graduation from tertiary institutions will result in the National mindset and worldview of the leaders in each generation.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” –Proverbs 22:6
“Teacher is a maker of man. He is foundation of all Education, and thus of the whole civilisation of mankind, present and future.
No nation reconstruction is possible without the active cooperation of the teacher.” – John Adams.
If there were no teachers to teach children right from their basic education to secondary, their dreams would have failed.
Children Teachers And Nation Building
Parents and indeed Government should cultivate the habit of investing into their children’s teachers because it is an investment that will last them through life.
The greatest gift to your children is the gift of a great teacher who will nourish and inspire them towards a life of impact and purpose.
When Alexander the great was 13 years old, his father, hired the great Greek Philosopher, Aristotle to be Alexander’s personal tutor.
Aristotle taught Alexander everything about art and science.
Alexander was said to be seemingly invincible in battle and at the age 33, conquered the whole world that there was nothing else to conquer.
When asked the secret of his success, he dedicated it to the awesomeness of his teacher –Aristotle! “Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.” – Bob Talbert
One of the most inspirational and awesome stories of a teacher’s influence on a child is that of Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan.
When she was 19 months old, Helen Keller was stricken with an acute illness that left her deaf and blind.
Through patience, perseverance and passion for teaching, Anne taught her the power of insight and the ‘magic’ of a navigated mind.
Despite her disabilities, Helen Keller eventually became the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelors of Arts degree in the world from the Radcliffe College in 1904.
The story of Michael Faraday and how he rose from being a janitor to a giant in the field of electrochemistry also justifies the fact that teachers are truly nation builders.
Faraday was a janitor in the laboratory under Sir Humphrey Davy.
Sir Humphrey trained the man who later taught the world how to convert electricity into power and light.
“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to them their own.’’ – Benjamin Disraeli. This is the core business Teachers do in every nation.