There is no doubt that teachers are the pride of Nigeria. Without these professionals, the future of Nigeria would be in great jeopardy. They are one of a kind as they help to sharpen and shape the future of every nation. They are the ones who with self-determination, dedication, and love for their profession make it a point of duty while beating the odds, to ensure growth, instruction in literacy and numeracy, craftsmanship or vocational training, arts, religion, civics, community roles, life skills amongst the heritage of this country.
With a population of over 186,987,563 people, there are about 1.5 million teachers in Nigeria. Teaching career has very good employment prospects all over the world as Alvan Azinwa Ikoku, Kenneth Onwuka Dike, Eni Njoku, Tai Solarin, David Adamu Baikie, Rev. I.O. Ransome-Kuti, Samuel Tunde Bajah, Aliu Babantunde Fafunwa, Grace Alele –Williams, Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion to mention a few are notable pioneers of teaching as a career in Nigeria.
Employment for teachers in kindergarten, primary and secondary schools is expected to develop just like other professions up to the year 2018. Unfortunately, in Nigeria, that standard for some time has fallen and there has been a scarcity of qualified teachers due to lack of proper maintenance of such teachers leading to our schools filled with unqualified and quack teachers which have affected our education system badly.
In all, no matter the state and shape of the economy, there is always hope for the Nigerian child with the dedication of the Nigerian Union of Teachers. Today we celebrate our beloved teachers – the pride of Nigeria.
The Children Banking Team of Access Bank is happy to celebrate the 2016 World Teacher’s Day. As the theme is “A Teacher to Remember” we urge you to take the time out today to think of your old teachers, thank your children’s teachers, call up your old teachers and remember what amazing people they truly are.