Dan Bello, an educator, has appealed to the Nigerian government to prioritise the respect and significance accorded to teachers, asserting that the nation’s development is tied to the recognition of educators.
His demand comes amidst the celebration of Teachers’ Day in China, where Bello highlighted the stark contrast in how teachers are honoured and appreciated.
The Nigerian teacher is a Primary two educator in the Asian country.
Writing on his X page, he stated:
”Nigeria will never develop until teachers are given the respect and importance they deserve.
”Today, we celebrate Teachers Day in China, and it certainly feels great to be a teacher.
”Our school had a big cake for teachers only, gave out ¥1000 gift cards to all teachers, presented awards to the best teachers of the year, and even the students brought us cards and flowers to show their appreciation.
”Because of things like this, I always arrive at my work happy and give my 5000% to all my students.
”Stop wondering why China is developing; they are doing things right. I wonder when teachers will be appreciated properly in Nigeria.”
Bello emphasised the profound impact of such acts of appreciation on teachers’ job satisfaction and their unwavering commitment to providing quality education to their students.
He noted that valuing teachers and investing in education should be fundamental steps in Nigeria’s journey toward development.
His appeal for tremendous respect and support for teachers in Nigeria echoes sentiments shared by many who believe that prioritising educators is indispensable for the country’s development.