World Teachers’ Day is a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) designated day that recognizes the contributions of teachers worldwide and aims to mobilise support for teachers to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers. The day also helps to raise awareness, understanding and appreciation for the invaluable contributions that teachers make to education and development throughout the world.
The slogan for this year’s World Teachers’ Day is, ‘Empowering teachers, building sustainable societies,’ and it reflects the idea that teachers are not only a means to implementing education goals; they are the key to sustainability and national capacity in achieving learning and creating societies based on knowledge, values and ethics.
In this season of Thanksgiving, the York Catholic District School Board extends a heartfelt thank you to all of its teachers for their commitment to Catholic Education, and for their leadership and dedication to the students and families they serve.
You chose to be a teacher when you walked with us.
Inspire us in this Year of Mercy to be teachers who mirror your love and compassion to all we serve.
Refresh us with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and enliven us as we face the challenges of living our vocation. May we know that the work we do is part of your holy plan of salvation.
Continue to guide us and guard us as we tend your precious garden.
May we always remember that our schools are seedbeds, places full of possibility, fertile soil which we must care for, cultivated and protected. Fertile soil thirsting for life.
Give us your loving and merciful vision as we watch over our students,
helping them to develop a critical sense, an open mind capable of caring for today’s world.
May we play a role in helping our young people develop spirits that are capable of seeking new answers to the varied challenges that society sets before us.
Help us to encourage them not to disregard the world around them, but enable them to foster a more humane world.
Bless us with wisdom and courage,
As we continue the glorious task you set before us.