The 4th Teachers' Day was celebrated at the Town Hall in Brazzaville on Sunday (27 June).
GV Teachers assemble in front of Brazzaville Town Hall
SV Teachers PAN TO dancers on stage
SV Guests of honour watching
GV Teachers watching
GV ZOOM INTO SV Minister of Education Lopes
SV Teachers applaud
SV Lopes presenting medals to teachers
SV Woman holding medals on pillow
SV Lopes presents another medal (2 shots)
SV Teacher onto platform PAN TO teachers watching
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Background: The 4th Teachers' Day was celebrated at the Town Hall in Brazzaville on Sunday (27 June). Minister of Education, Henri Lopes, paid warm tribute to the teachers, who comprise 50% of the civil service in the country. Mr. Lopes reminded the teachers of their importance in the country -- they are effectively in charge of a quarter of the population -- and told them that they should aim at bringing about improvements in the country.
With the help of the head of the Chancellery, Major Ebadep Damas, and the General Secretary for Education, O. J. Okandza, Mr. Lopes awarded the Order Merite Congolais to distinguished members of the teaching profession.
SYNOPSIS: At the Town Hall in Brazzaville on Sunday, government officials and members of the teaching profession gathered for the Fourth Teachers' Day. Before the official ceremonies, the spectators were treated to a special entertainment.
Teachers play an important role in the country comprising fully fifty per cent of the civil service employment rolls. Often working under difficult conditions, the teachers in Congo-Brazzaville are effectively responsible for a quarter of the population.
Minister of Education, Henri Lopes, paid a warm tribute to the teachers, reminding them of their importance to the national community.
To the most distinguished members of the profession, Mr. Lopes presented the Order of Merite Congolais. In his speech, Mr. Lopes said the need for education is developing at such a pace in the country, that it is difficult to keep up. He said that some parents are afraid of the situation and send their children abroad. Their fears are groundless, the Minister continued, for most of the students successfully pass the examinations. He said the cause of the teachers is one of just pride, because of the heavy responsibilities they must shoulder.