Kohima: On the occasion of Teachers’ Day, Nagaland governor RN Ravi, and chief minister Neiphiu Rio extended their greetings to the teachers in the state for their services. Calling of the teacher’s day celebration this year, the state joins the nation in mourning the death of former President Pranab Mukherjee.
Ravi appreciated the teachers who “are constantly engaged in strengthening the intellectual and ethical foundations of our youth, society and country”.
“Teachers have made outstanding contributions in building our society. They shape students’ personalities and make them ideal citizens of the country. They guide and inspire people – both young and old. Teachers are executing the responsibility of creating awareness as well as opening the mind of people by instilling good values, morals, and ethics” the governor said.
Ravi also said that besides academics, teachers stand by us at every step to guide, motivate and inspire to become better people and that successful persons often remember, with joy and pride, the elementary school days and their teachers.
As a society, he said that the goal must be to create good citizens who are capable of preserving the good of the past and creating a better future. “The influences of teachers and their experiences remain with the students for a lifetime. Our students, when they come out, must be an asset to society – employable, wealth creator with concern for the environment, ethical person and most of all a good human being,” said Ravi.
While the extraordinary pandemic situation has created an unprecedented scenario and challenges for teaching, he said that the teachers who feel inhibited by technology will have to learn the online teaching and class management as the world is adjusting to the new normal of distant teaching and learning.
“Today, on behalf of the people of Nagaland, I express my heartfelt gratitude and good wishes to all the teachers for their lifetime of dedication and commitment to the great cause of educating our youth. God bless you all,” Ravi added.
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Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio also extended his warmest greetings to the teaching community of Nagaland on the auspicious occasion of Teacher’s Day that commemorates the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the former President of India and a distinguished philosopher, educationist and a teacher par excellence.
“Teaching is one of the noblest professions, though a very challenging one at that. It does not merely involve the process of teaching a child from books but also of inculcating moral values and life skills. The impact a teacher has on a child is one that lasts a lifetime,” the chief minister said.
Terming the teacher-student relationship as sacred, he said that a teacher has always been highly esteemed. As the world struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic, the role played by teachers has also undergone a paradigm shift- and teachers have been compelled to use various communications technologies to reach out to students and impart education, he said.
As they are faced with new challenges ahead, Rio exhorted the teachers to keep themselves updated with the latest technologies, information and teaching techniques, so as to better meet the high expectations of the students.
He concluded by acknowledging the tireless efforts and sacrifices of all teachers and added “I wish them good health, joy, peace and successful careers”.