Young, intelligent, beautiful and passionate teachers? Yes we do exist!
With my head high, I walked down making my way to the students’ center before hunger eats the last part of my pride and make me cry. I was pledging to never skip breakfast when I saw a well-dressed belle, a 9 year old pupil but unlike other pupils (who were dressed like doctors, nurses, engineers and lawyers) she was in a casual outfit. It was career day!
À ce moment, I was curious to know which profession she represents. So, I widened the smile on my face and said “Hi, so tell me, who are you today?” She started off in her so close British accent (I loved the sound of it) “I actually wanted to be a teacher but my father said teachers are broke, instead I should be an actress.”
That was a huge heart break. It reminded me of a secondary school experience during career day. All facilitators were either engineers, doctors or lawyers. That wasn’t my problem. My problem was that they talked about other professions. Yeah yeah! They were versatile but they never talked about teachers.
I was marvelled, not because of the British accent, rather I never got the aspect of “broke”. However, I didn’t stop, I wanted to know more. So, I continued “but what would you really like to be in future?” She replied immediately and very fast, “that was what I said earlier, I would like to be a teacher but you know, I also want to be rich. My dad said, unless I become a lecturer. They make a lot of money. That would be perfect.”
From teacher to lecturer, it was obvious, this girl is passionate about teaching and I really hope I inspire her. Nevertheless, I found a better way of explaining to her that lecturers are teachers in higher institution.
Whose fault is it that teachers are disregarded in the society? We have them as parents, friends, siblings, relations and mentors. The government plays a huge role in this but how has the society helped? What happens to a society were every child grows up with such information on a career?
This is not just about teachers, it is also about parents knowing that their words make an impact in their child’s life.
I quote Febisola Okonkwo, a social work expert “One of the best parenting methods is to walk closely with our children in their area of strength as they choose their careers. It is no longer fashionable to enforce any career on our children but at the same time, parental guidance and control is essential.”
Our words to our children weigh more than we know. So do we say the truth, lie or not talk at all? Choose anyone and it builds your child in its best direction. Best as in Positive, Negative or even Stagnant.