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PHNOM PENH – Students, government officials, politicians and citizens have posted messages of thanks to their educators on Teachers' Day.
Teachers’ Day, Oct. 5, was marked with the theme “Our Teacher, Our Future, Our Country”.
Hun Many, who represents Kampong Speu in the National Assembly, expressed his gratitude to all the professors, teachers and education staff who have worked tirelessly to provide knowledge to all students.
“Teachers are at the heart of education reform for development,” Many posted.
“Teachers are the backbone of the quality of education and the foundation of human resource development for the nation. The teacher is a wisdom candle to enlighten people.”
He said teachers had tried to share knowledge, especially in difficult circumstances during the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Teachers had tried to overcome all obstacles to sustain education and be successful.
Sar Sokha, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, also spoke of the efforts of teachers, especially in the context of COVID-19.
Sokha said that when schools were closed, many teachers were eager to learn new digital skills to shift from traditional teaching to online and diversify learning because they did not want students to miss out because of the disease.
“The merits of teachers are invaluable in devoting time, physical and mental strength, knowledge, and skills to transfer knowledge to students,” Sar Sokha said “Teachers are second parents.”
The Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Hang Chuon Naron, said that the role and effectiveness of teachers were very important in ensuring that students receive an education in all circumstances with equity, environment and quality.
“Teachers are the engine of our education system. Teachers are the heart of education,” he said.
About 100 national and international Cambodia Independent Teachers’ Association, civil society and international organizations celebrated the day at Freedom Park.
They demanded that the government increase the minimum wage for teachers to one-fourth of lawmakers' salaries and in particular to ensure full freedom and stop discriminating against teachers in the workplace due to political tendencies.
Teachers' Day was established by the government in 1997 to promote education and teacher values.
This year, for World Teachers’ Day, the national theme is “Our Teacher, Our Future, Our Country” and the global theme of “The transformation of education begins with teachers”.
Originally written in Khmer for ThmeyThmey, this story was translated by Sam Sopich for Cambodianess.