Remarks by Honourable Sharie B. de Castro
Minister for Education, Youth Affairs and Sports
World Teachers’ Day
October 5th 2023
Teachers, I hope this message finds you all in good health and high spirits. Today, as we commemorate World Teachers' Day, I am honored to extend my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to each and every one of you for your unwavering commitment, dedication, and tireless efforts in shaping the future of our beloved Virgin Islands.
Teachers are the backbone of our society, and your contributions go far beyond the classroom walls. You are not only educators but also mentors, role models, and sources of inspiration for our young minds. Your passion for teaching, your ability to instill knowledge, values, and critical thinking skills in our students, and your relentless pursuit of excellence do not go unnoticed.
This year, as we celebrate World Teachers' Day, let us reflect on the profound impact you have on the lives of our students and the future of our Territory. Your hard work and resilience, especially during these challenging times, have been remarkable. You have adapted to new teaching methods, embraced technology, and you have continued to provide quality education despite numerous obstacles. Your commitment to the education and well-being of our youth is truly commendable.
I encourage all teachers to take a moment today to celebrate your achievements, acknowledge your dedication, and remember the profound influence you have on shaping the leaders of tomorrow. Your passion for education creates a ripple effect that extends far beyond the classroom, influencing the development and progress of our society as a whole.
As the Minister for Education, Youth Affairs & Sports, I am committed to supporting and empowering our teaching community. We will continue to invest in professional development opportunities, improve infrastructure, and enhance the learning environment to ensure that you have the tools and resources necessary to excel in your noble profession.
On this World Teachers' Day, I urge you to take pride in your role as educators and to continue inspiring the hearts and minds of our youth as we Move Virgin Islands Education: Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead. Your dedication and hard work are the building blocks of a brighter future for the Virgin Islands.
Once again, thank you for your unwavering commitment to education. Your passion, dedication, and tireless efforts are the cornerstones of our territory's progress.
Happy World Teachers' Day!