RETIRED teacher, Paskasia Tavuatu from Guadalcanal province has recently received her ‘long service teaching’ award from Solomon Islands Teachers Association (SINTA).
SINTA presented her with the highest recognition award at a ceremony held at the Maranatha Hall to mark the 2017 World Teachers Day. The award recognizes her service and dedication in the field of education over the 3 decades as a schoolteacher in the country.
Mrs Tavuatu retired as a teacher in 2015 after serving 46 years in 9 schools around Guadalcanal province.
“To receive the award as a retired teacher in Solomon Islands is a blessing to me,” she told Solomon Women.
She said apart from parents at home; teachers have played a very important role in the social and academic development of a child.
“Teachers have the passion and commitment to promote discipline and excellence in the education sector of the country. We support, guide and provide the best and useful advice to students because we believe they are our future leaders.
Mrs Tavuatu is from the West Guadalcanal and has started her teaching career from 1969 to 2015. In 1967, she undertook teaching courses at the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education (SICHE).
She recalled that one of her major challenge, as a teacher was to play a role of a teacher and as a mother at the same time.
“I had 9 children and this was a tough situation for me. Sometimes I had to take my child to the class. This was a great challenge I had to face but I never gave up because I loved my teaching career,” she said.
Honoring the retired teachers with the right teacher recognition awards sends the clear message that SINTA has indeed honored the sacrifice, contribution and support of our local teachers to the human resources of our country.
Meanwhile, she encourages teachers throughout country to perform their work with honesty and integrity.
“Teachers must always show good examples to students and create good relationships with them. Teachers must not spend much of the time outside but in the classrooms but with the students. We must be serious with our career and must act as professional teachers for this nation,” she added.