Mr. Speaker, October 5 is World Teachers' Day. All levels of government should focus attention on the essential work done by educators in modeling and building the future.
Teachers are at the centre of the present and future of our society; they are, in fact, at the crossroads between the two.
Teachers are, however, expected to transmit values that sometimes appear to have been rejected by society as a whole: effort, discipline, respect of authority.
In a context of increasingly cosmopolitan communities and the reality of cultural globalization, teachers must shape responsible and competent citizens.
The emphasis of this international event is on teacher training, and this year's theme is “Qualified Teachers for Quality Education”.
Teaching requires a total commitment. Can our societies and our governments make that same commitment to teachers?