Gilgit (PR): Fifth October is marked internationally as the World Teachers Day, the day to stand with the teachers. Like the other parts of the world, this day was also celebrated in Gilgit-Baltistan in honor of the services and sacrifices of the teaching community.
The event took place in Gilgit City at various locations during the whole day where individuals from different organizations and civil society paid tribute, “SALAM”, to the teachers who had contributed in one way or the other for raising the educational standards in the region.
Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) in collaboration with National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) and Oxfam G.B also organized world teachers’ day to show their solidarity with the teachers, on 5th October 2013 at Riveria Hotel, Gilgit.
Raja Habib Hussain, President Teachers Association, Mehnaz Wali, Member Provincial Assembly Gilgit-Baltistan (GBLA) and Chairperson Education standing Committee, and Abdul Hakim, Deputy Director Education (DDE-GB), were among the panelist in the event.
Shahrukh Abbas, Senior General Manager NCHD (GB), while delivering the opening remarks praised the role of teachers in these words: “A good teacher is like a candle- it consumes itself to light the way for others”.
Representative from Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi also paid tribute to almost 1.4 million teachers (Pakistan Education Statistics, 2011-12) who are serving at different levels in the country and particularly to the 10 thousand teachers who are giving their services in Gilgit Baltistan.
While speaking at the event; Mehnaz Wali, chief guest paid SALAM to all the teachers of the world and particularly the teachers of Gilgit-Baltistan who are providing their services after bearing hardships. She also praised the efforts of ITA and NCHD for arranging the event to stand with the teachers at this important day.
Teachers from the local community also shared their success stories among the participants. Ms. Mehwish a local teacher from Pari Bangla Mir Abad Valley shared her success story in the event. She is running a school for girls for the last eight months without seeking any support.