The South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) joins millions of teachers globally in celebrating World Teachers’ Day on October 5th under the theme “Young Teachers: The future of Professions.”

World Teachers Day was initiated by UNESCO to commend teachers for the contribution they make to education and development. SADTU encourages government, communities, business and civic bodies in South Africa to provide support to education, the teaching profession and organisations that represent teachers and educational staff– which is what Mobile Student Future promotes profusely.

According UNESCO, teaching should be regarded as a profession: it is a form of public service which requires of teacher’s expert knowledge and specialised skills, acquired and maintained through diligence and continuing study. 

“Young Teachers: The future of Professions” has been chosen as the slogan for this year’s World Teachers’ Day celebration. This day requires the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, to count the number of achievements, and to address some of the issues central for attraction and keeping the brightest minds and young talents in the profession.

The purpose

Its purpose is to centre around “acknowledging, evaluating and enhancing the instructors of the world” and to give a chance to consider the issues identified with educators and the teaching process in general.

As indicated by UNESCO, World Teacher’s Day speaks to a massive token of the mindfulness, comprehension and thankfulness showed for the fundamental commitment that educators make in advancement by teaching.

More than 100 nations celebrate the World Teachers’ day globally. The endeavours of Education International and its 401 associations have added to this broadly spread acknowledgement.

Teachers in South Africa – a unique economic climate – do not receive adequate development and the induction of new teachers is uncoordinated. Teachers are exposed to more work load due to changes in the curriculum and the  learner/teacher ratio is high. The misallocation of learning areas demoralizes the teachers who have to teach learning areas they are not trained for.

Security in schools is poor. Few schools put proper security measures in place exposing both the teachers and learners to crime. Schools are also exposed to drugs as people in the neighbouring communities sell these to the learners.

Fewer young people enter the profession because it has fewer benefits to make it attractive and competitive to other professions, especially in rural areas.

Solutions to the problems facing education should not only come from government or teachers only. If our education fails, everyone should take responsibility. Therefore it has been called upon all stakeholders, learners, communities, educators and government take responsibility and play their respective roles in ensuring that we receive quality education.

Mobile Student Future

As Mobile Student Future we have taken it upon ourselves to help improve the quality of teaching and education across South Africa. A need for flexible, sustainable and cost-effective service delivery in education was identified, and this innovative business model was established accordingly.

This model allows us to promote public-private partnerships and help close the gap in the current education system. This solution serves as platform to plug-in a number of education services, and makes these resources readily available and transferred as needed.

To put this model in place, we created a unique platform in the form of custom-designed mobile classrooms, which provide educators and member of the youth opportunities to access world-class education and training.

To date Mobile Student Future has empowered more than 37,000 learners and educators nationally. Our solution has provided measurability in order to ensure optimal return on investment and complete transparency.

Let’s take time to celebrate those who provide us with this basic human right this Teachers’ Day.