The Department of Education (DepEd) is spearheading the preparations and activities for the month-long 2014 National Teachers’ Month (NTM) which officially kicks off last September 4 and will culminate on October 4, a day before the World Teachers’ Day (WTD).

Education Secretary Armin Luistro has directed officials in both public and private elementary and secondary schools to come up with activities that would honor the teachers and their profession.

Luistro said that the NTM and WTD are being celebrated to acknowledge the crucial role teachers play in building the future.

The month-long celebration, he explained, aims to give emphasis on the crucial role, loyal service and dedicated commitment of teachers in developing globally-minded citizens, nurturing families, strengthening communities and building the nation.

Schools are urged to take part in the celebrations to revitalize the image of and respect for teaching as a vocation by increasing public awareness on the value of teachers in the Philippine society.

During the NTM and WTD celebrations, schools are also expected to, among others, come up with feature stories or write-ups about their teachers in their school publications and websites, sending letters and messages of thanks and gratitude and recitation of ‘A Prayer for Teacher’ or Panalangin para sa mga Guro.

Luistro said NTM is also an opportunity to enhance the image of the teaching profession and to likewise generate widespread support and assistance for teachers.

But, more than anything, Luistro stressed that the NTM and WTD is an expression of gratitude for the positive influences of teachers on Filipino learners.

Please refer to Division Memorandum No. 144 s. 2014 for more details.

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