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What does it really mean to be a good teacher?

Hertha is as student at Unam. She aspires to become a teacher one day. A good teacher that will serve as a role model to everyone.

Growing up I have always wanted to become a teacher or work in any education sector that influences the decisions made about or on education. This was because I did like the way certain teachers taught and I always knew I would be a better as children need to be properly groomed for their future or else their future and that of the nation will be doomed if otherwise.

Moving on, I was doing my student based studies at a Primary School in Katutura and I was very shocked at what I saw. The learners have classrooms to be taught in that have chairs and tables. Teachers too have an appropriate administration block, the teachers have desks and chairs, chalks and all that. However, things are falling apart and the government is doing little to maintain what is available.

First of all, both teachers tables and chairs are breaking or have already broken. Teachers classroom doors are not locking and neither are their cupboards. The education ministry has not sent new brooms or cleaning detergents to the school yet and have in mind that there is something called Covid-19 that can kill people and spreads fast.

Secondly, this learners all come from various backgrounds and they have different economic statuses. Anyway, it hurts more to see that the children of parents that are economically abaled are performing their best while those of poor parents are performing poorly. Now do not get me wrong. I am not saying the middle class children should perform academically poor or better than the low class children or vice versa but I am saying that they should be both able to perform amazingly without the influence of their economic status.

Children or learners that come from low class families do not have proper school uniforms, they either do not have have school stationary or it is not sufficient, they do not have lunch money or food to eat at lunch, they are not hygienic and behavior wise some act tough while others are admirably happy others simply just don't care.

In addition, to me this means that the economically disadvantaged children are not motivated nor are they empowered to do their best and one day get themselves out of their situation. My mom always tells me that I should remain constant and work hard because, "oluhepo oluhole ma halukala", meaning poverty likes where it lives.

Thirdly, some teachers are tired. They do the required which is; teach the syllabus and mark, set up tests, shout keep quiet and thats basically it. However, a teacher needs to educate more than just the syllabus. A teacher needs to educate thee learners on life lessons.

A teacher needs to be the rain above that waters on plants that were planted and those unwanted weeds and grass because they too although not to eat but to feed the animals, build homes and so much more. Every plant specie is important so is every learner. My point is, Namibia has a horrifying increase of gender based violence, teenage pregnancy, crimes, depression and mental health issues. Fortunately, a teacher spends six to seven hours with a learner every day from Monday to Friday on school days. When this learner is home he or she either sleeps, does homework and other activities. Then in the evening they spend about two or three hours with their parents maybe watching news, helping out in the kitchen etc. henceforth, a teacher can use some of this time to properly water the mind of this child everyday with,


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Change of your learners mindset on life,

Becoming his or her friend,

Care for him or her but most importantly, educate your learner on social and economic issues that can and will have an impact on their life.


© 2021 Hertha David


Hertha David (author) from Windhoek, Namibia on March 10, 2021:

Thank you so much Pamela for your comment.

I honestly hope it will help someone too. It's important to know what your dream job or career entails.

Hertha David (author) from Windhoek, Namibia on March 10, 2021:

Thank you so much Ravi for your comment.

I feel like being a teacher is important so young people that are aspiring to be great teachers need to be exposed to the job and what it really needs from someone.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on March 10, 2021:

interesting Hertha. You made your points in a simple yet effective manner as to what it needs to be a good teacher. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 10, 2021:

This is a good article with several suggestions for being a good teacher, Hertha. I think it will help someone who is looking to be a teacher. Thanks for sharing.

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