World Teachers’ Day: Re-igniting Our Teaching!

“Being a teacher was never easy! Even before the pandemic, it was a mind-intensive task. In the light of COVID-19, we found that valuing ourselves as teachers and collaborating within the teaching community and across is the most important thing. We learned that partnership with students is the key and I believe the central piece to all our collective efforts is ‘Making Learning Central’.”

(Dr. Tasneem Anwar, Institute for Educational Development, Pakistan)

The Network of Quality, Teaching, and Learning hosted a live event, “World Teachers’ Day: Re-igniting Our Teaching!” to celebrate World Teachers’ Day on October 5, 2021. The event aimed to highlight the unwavering commitment and dedication of AKU faculty members during the COVID-19 pandemic and to establish the steps that need to be taken to ensure that faculty members are fully supported to address their professional development needs. 

Six AKU faculty champions ignited the session with their inspirational talks, reflections, stories, and songs. The faculty champions include Dr. Sadia Fatima (Medical College, Pakistan), Dr. Nahida Walli (Medical College, Tanzania), Dr. Walid Ghali (Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilization, United Kingdom), Ms. Yasmin Parpio (School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan), Ms. Mary Grace Nakate (School of Nursing and Midwifery, Uganda, and Dr. Tasneem Anwar (Institute for Educational Development, Pakistan). Fifty-four faculty members participated in the event from different campuses and entities of AKU. ​

During the event, Dr. Tashmin Khamis (Vice Provost - Quality, Teaching, and Learning) recognized AKU faculty members’ outstanding contributions in providing the best possible learning experience for our students during COVID-pandemic and beyond. She also appreciated their commitment to teaching at AKU. 

The event concluded with all faculty members participating in a virtual drum circle to empower each other in the act of celebrating Teachers’ Day through rhythm and music. ​