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buy canada goose jacket This year we also commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948). With the signing of this declaration, South Africa and other countries confirmed that education is a key fundamental human right. With this said, one can assume that education has the potential to canada goose parka uk transform lives and that teachers can make a positive impact on the lives of learners. buy canada goose jacket

This year’s theme, “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher”, reminds the global community that the right to education cannot be achieved without the right to have trained and qualified teachers. It is canada goose outlet jackets recognised that strides have been made in the training of teachers in South Africa. Much of this is seen in the re curriculation of teacher education programmes across the country to align with the new minimum standards for teacher education.

buy canada goose jacket cheap However, it is with utter ambivalence that we write this article. On the eve of celebrating World Teachers’ Day news breaks that a young South African teacher lost his life (stabbed to death) at the hand of a learner. Whilst acknowledging the importance of the UNESCO theme for this year, creating safe spaces for teachers to facilitate quality education for all is still very challenging in many countries. buy canada goose jacket cheap

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These adversities vary from learners who are ill disciplined, sometimes to the point of physically attacking teachers, to learners bringing their gangster friends into schools to “deal” with teachers and the list goes on.

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