What Freedom Day means to me as an Education Official
On this Freedom Day,
- I want to remind myself that first and foremost, I am in education because of the children we serve in our schools and that I should...
- remember that our children are wonderfully and beautifully made no matter how difficult they make our lives at times;
- realize that we as adults are the ones who should change our beliefs about children and their potential to learn so that we can unlock their amazing gifts;
- work with principals and teachers to help them deepen the quality of leadership and teaching so that our children's brilliance can be unearthed;
- remind myself that I am learning all the time and that I do not have the answers and therefore depend on others to help me grow;
- continue to encourage our schools to make all our children avid readers so that they can help to speed up their learning;
- be mindful that principals are human and that sometimes the responsibilities of leading a school can be overwhelming;
- allow myself to be vulnerable and continue to find ways to show principals and their staffs that I care deeply about their well-being;
- keep abreast of what is happening in education, stay relevant and current so that I can improve my own service to schools and their communities;
- guard myself against all the negativity and hopelessness that surround us, threatening to suck us in and taking our focus away from our children and their right to excellent education;
- never forget to thank all those who commit their lives to transforming the lives of our children and our communities.
If I practise these principles, I will be reminded of the blessings I receive daily in my job.
Happy Freedom Day to all...