BY GEORGE MANFORD
THIS year’s World Teachers Day has officially opened at the Auki primary school sports ground yesterday in Auki, Malaita province.
Thousands of teachers from the provinces around the country including the host province Malaita gathered to witness the colourful official ceremony programme yesterday in Auki.
During the official opening programme Chief Education Officer (CEO) of Malaita province Mr Andy Siarani said, “It is another milestone in history making to celebrate our world teacher’s day and we are very proud to be able to host it in Malaita at Auki with all of you.
“I express my gratitude to all of you who so generously helped us make this event come together smoothly, the Ministry of Education Human Resources Department (MEHRD) and Solomon Islands National Teachers Association (SINTA) and the local organising committee; we couldn’t have done it without you.
“We are delighted to have you with us to participate and share in our world teachers day.
“We thank you for coming that many of you have travelled long distances to be here serves as a reminder to us all just how important our work is.
“It is a great honour, dignity, humility and joy to officiate and make welcome for you all to the shores of Malaita province to mark this year’s world teacher’s day celebrations.
The 2018 theme is ‘The right to education means the right to a quality education’ I know a lot planning and effort with a lot of resources was placed into this programme by MEHRD and SINTA as well as the various teachers of our beloved sister provinces and obviously the Malaita world teacher’s day working committee where you have put together to make this programme eventuated.
“As the host province, we are very excited to have the world teacher’s day celebrated and commemorated on the soils of Malaita province.
“I felt much honoured to convey the Malaita education authority sincere welcome to all of you and to thank you for joining us to celebrate this great event.”
Siarani thanked the public of Auki and the surrounding communities for their presence during the official celebration programme.
To the teachers he said, “Prepare yourself to be challenged, excited and inspire but remember to attempt to get as much knowledge and information as possible from the sessions organized and enjoy every piece of the whole celebrations, information sharing, meet and greet our brothers and colleagues in the service as teachers of Solomon Islands serving one goal of educating our children.”