Just dropping in to say thank you to all the teachers for all the work you do every day (you don’t make enough, seriously). Thanks especially to the teachers who have supported Wadadli Pen over the years by informing and motivating your students, and where necessary submitting their entries on their behalf. Thanks for the encouragement you’ve provided to me by letting me know that you value this programme. Thanks for the ways you’ve partnered with projects like the Cushion Club (for instance the teachers at Buckleys who each year helped select a recipient of the Cushion Club Humanities Prize). For the teachers who encourage students to read, my books or books by others, who tell them stories, who encourage them to tell their own, thank you. Thank you for the thankless task of being a socializing agent in our society. Sending you encouragement. And urging you to pass on encouragement to the children in your charge, a negative word lingers and a positive word can inspire.
This post (which is like 5 hours late as it’s now 5 a.m. on October 6th 2015) is inspired by all of you and your special day, the UNESCO endorsed World Teachers Day.