It Is Our Duty To Make Children Worthwhile Citizens: Parent Teacher
These are our children. We gave the responsibility to the School to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to be productive and worthwhile citizens. This task, however, is a huge one that should not be left to the School alone. It is our duty to contribute our due share in the process. This statement was made by Ato Yohannes G/Tsadiq, a father, who participated in the Parent Teacher Programme at Unity Academy, Gerji Branch, on December 15, 2017.
Ato Yohannes is Senior Instructor at the Ethiopian Aviation Academy of the Ethiopian Airlines. He has two children, one in Grade five and another one in Grade Two, learning at Unity Academy, Gerji Branch. This Reporter had had the opportunity to observe Ato Yohannes conducting a brief orientation programme for Grade Five and Grade Six students (It was learnt that Grade Seven and Grade Eight students would also attend the same programme later on.) on the activities of the Ethiopian Aviation Academy.
The orientation programme was presented with the support of LCD projection and demonstration on miniature aircraft. Asked what initiated him to volunteer in the Parent Teachers Programme, Ato Yohannes said that parents and the School had equal responsibilities to work towards the wellbeing of children. He said, “Even if I have no child in this school, I would personally be very happy to participate in the Programme and share my knowledge and skills. This is the minimum I could do as a responsible parent.”
In the course of his presentation, Ato Yohannes gave the students virtual tour of the Ethiopian Aviation Academy, whereby he talked about various facilities and activities of the Academy. The tour involved general view of the Compound, the Auditorium, Pilot Training, Aircraft Maintenance School for Airbus 350 and Boeing 787, and Cabin Crew Training. The Senior Instructor also demonstrated for the students, with the help of the miniature aircraft, how an aircraft could fly; and introduced them with the concepts of Trust, Drag, Lift and Weight. The whole programme was participatory and the students were so enthusiastic and interested in the presentation and were actively participating.
It has been learnt that a total of 157 parents had participated in the latest Parent Teachers programme. Eighty-two fathers and mothers were involved in the Primary Grades; whereas 75 mothers participated in the KG teaching. According to the School Administration, Unity Academy, Gerji Branch, has made it a tradition to call upon voluntary parents to be involved in actual classroom teaching. This, it is believed, brings parents much closed to the School and get first-hand experience about the day-to-day activities of the students and the general teaching-learning process.