THE declaration of ‘No Classes’ in District 1, on October 5 enabled the district’s public and private teachers to celebrate World Teachers’ Day at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center in Lingayen in a grand way as they recalled their calling and vocation as educators and as molders of young minds.
Officials of the Department of Education in District 1 led by Schools Division Superintendent Ma. Celia Junio-Fernandez led the celebration.
Governor Amado Espino III hailed the teachers for shaping the future of the province.
“All that we are doing now are for the future of our province. The efforts you’ve been exerting are for the next generations of Pangasinan,” Espino said.
Lingayen former Municipal Councilor Joe Ferrer, who represented Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil, cited the teachers for molding the mind of future leaders of the next generation.
Fernandez reminded her peers that teachers do not only teach class lessons but lead their students “with care all their hearts especially during uncertain times.”
She underscored the word “care” teachers have the capacity to teach their students the capacity to love and to be hate, to build or to destroy, to be united or to be divided,” citing the importance of their guidance.
Fernandez pointed to the vulnerability of students to illegal drugs and the need to collaborate with the Pangasinan PNP to help educate the students on the ill effects of illegal drugs.
She also confirmed that while there are only few students found to use drugs, mostly whose parents are drug users, the implementation of the random sampling of students is timely.
Fernandez also appealed to parents to talk to their children about the consequences of teenage pregnancy and how to avoid it.
For the celebration, parlor games, raffle draw, free wellness services were offered to the teachers in attendance. (Nora Dominguez)