‘I know that you can do much better, Estefania, so you will go and repeat this exam’. That is what my literature teacher told after our first exam of the semester. I got a C- at the time. So, I studied harder and did that exam again… and I got an A-! Even though at the time I thought it was unfair for me to repeat the exam, nowadays I am so grateful to my teacher. Not only because even now I still remember the Spanish Literature Generation of 27, but because she believed in me.
Everyone has had those experiences with the teachers. Teachers really impact our lives during and after our time at school. That is why we are so happy to celebrate #ThankaTeacherDay, and we encourage you to say thank you to your teacher as well. And, if you are no longer at the school, maybe email them, or if you have children, thank them for all their effort.
In CAFOD Salford, we want to thank all the teachers and CAFOD Education Volunteers. Thank you for all your hard work inside the schools, and especially the Education Volunteers for teaching and creating awareness in global justice, and fundraising to help end poverty.
Education volunteers from CAFOD Salford at a training day in April
This is also an opportunity to reflect on how blessed we are to live in a place where we can go to school to learn and play everyday, and also how we can share with others. You can find unique resources for schools at CAFOD‘s page to support global learning at the classes. On the other hand, if you are not a teacher but still you believe that education empowers, you can help by giving a World Gift.
As an example of how World Gift are helping, in Peixinhos (Brazil) where domestic and gang violence are common and often caused by drugs, unemployment and lack of access to quality education, one of CAFOD’s partners in Brazil is using football to break this cycle of violence, drugs and unemployment which are ever present in the lives of many families in the community.
As always, we hope you have a wonderful day. Again, THANK YOU teachers, educators, professors for teaching, inspiring, helping and believing in us.
Written by Estefanía González