Amidst all the challenges facing this country we are heartened by the fact that many Jamaicans still care enough to honour our teachers, especially now as the island observes Education Week.
As Education Minister Ruel Reid correctly pointed out in his message to mark the occasion, “Education Week offers an opportunity for all Jamaicans to celebrate the important role that education plays in promoting equity, the achievements of our students and the invaluable work of our educators in building our society.”
Minister Reid was also on point when he described education as “the path that leads away from poverty and despair towards a future full of hope, promise and prosperity”.
We have, in this newspaper, published stories of many Jamaicans who have used education to pull themselves out of poverty. Indeed, in some of the cases, the individuals were heading down a path that would likely have ended in a life of crime. However, they will quickly tell you that excellent teachers saved them from that dark future, and they are now model citizens. Some are even using their experience to try to influence change in truant youngsters as they pay forward the care and kindness that were extended to them.