RETIRED teacher, Emmaculate Aioro has been honored by the Solomon Island National Teacher Association (SINTA) for her dedicated and meritorious service to the country in the field of education.
Mrs Aioro is a native from Malaita province and has served in five primary schools in Solomon Islands.
On receiving the award at the World Teachers Day celebrations held recently in Honiara, Mrs Aiora said: “I am very honored to be one of the retired teachers that have been recognized with the award of ‘long service in teaching’ in the country,” she told Solomon Women.
Teachers are in a unique position to have a direct impact on their students. Teachers can see their work in action, see the changes they affect, and in so doing they witness first-hand their goals coming to fulfillment.
She reminded teachers in the country to inspire and be good role models to students in the classroom.
“Teachers must aim to inspire students in all aspects of their lives, and for many teachers, their greatest goal is to be a role model.
“A role model is someone who inspires and encourages students to strive for greatness, and teaches them through experience and commitment how to realize their full potential to become the best they can be.
“Teachers need to always remember that, aside from parents, they are one of the most regular mentors in a child’s life. That means setting a good example, at all times. Teachers may also have students that they spend extra time with being a mentor, which means that being a good role model is even more important,” she added.
Mrs Aioro said although teaching is challenging, I have enjoyed my career as a teacher back in my days as a primary school teacher.
“I enjoyed being with students and really loved my profession. Teaching has never been easy, and it never will be, but it takes heart, commitment and passion and therefore as a teacher, I love my students and have the desire of making a real difference in their lives,” she said.
Teachers play an extraordinary part in the lives of children for the formative years of their development and the importance of teachers is something that cannot be understated. They involve themselves in moulding their students into responsible citizens of their country.