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I’m dedicating this to all teachers in Brunei who celebrate Teacher’s Day on 24th September 2011. This is an oft quoted Chinese proverb describing the great deed of teachers: they inspire and transform us, for a lifetime.

授 人 以 鱼 只 救 一 时 之 急,
授 人 以 渔 则 解 一 生 之 需。

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Shòu rén yǐ yú zhǐ jiù yìshí zhī jí,
授     人  以 鱼 只 救 一 时 之急,
shòu rén yǐ yú zé jiě yìshēng zhī xū.
授     人  以 渔 则 解 一  生    之 需。

Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.

Teachers are a mixed lot, just as children are too. There is often great variation in their ways of teaching and in their attitude towards the children they teach. Any one in the teaching profession, in my opinion, is a good teacher. They try their best. They do.

Teaching is not an easy job, especially for those with crowded classes. In their dedication and commitment, even in their frailty and human faults, teachers are one of the best people in the world. They do their best to believe in the abilities of the children in their care, to encourage them and to challenge them to do their best. So that these children’s ambitions are, one day, fulfilled.

While the teachers lot is not always a happy one, their heart is not about which subject he/she likes best. It’s about teaching a child, each and every one of them. With principals barking and breathing down their throats, parents screaming left and right, and authorities regimenting their actions, teachers continue to work, with love, for the children under their care.

Let us honour teachers today and every day because teachers are the best people in the world. I take this opportunity to again wish all my teachers and my children’s teachers a very Happy Teacher’s Day.

For truly, 人生旅程上您为我点燃希望的光芒丰富我的心灵 (rén shēnɡ lǚ chénɡ shànɡ nín wéi wǒ diǎn rán xī wànɡ de ɡuānɡ mánɡ fēnɡ fù wǒ de xīn línɡ), on life’s journey, you have filled my and every child’s spirit with the light of hope. You are the mold of character from which they would grow into responsible adults.

人生旅程上您为我点燃希望的光芒丰富我的心灵
On life’s journey, you’ve filled my spirit with the light of hope.

One day, each of these children will repeat the most repeated Chinese proverb to their children, give a man a fish, he’d be fed for a day; teach him to fish, he is fed for a lifetime:养活你人鱼饲料他一天。教人捕鱼,你养活他一辈子 (yǎnghuo nǐ rén yú sìliào tā yītiān。 jiāo rén bǔyú nǐ yǎnghuo tā yībèizi.)

Florida Education Association: Say Thank You To A Teacher:

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Let each child, parent and working adult stand up today and get at a chance to honour his/her teachers today. You can send a text, give flowers, write a card or give a present.

亲 爱 的 老 师,      祝 您 节 日 快 乐 .
qīn ài de lǎo shī,  zhù nín jié rì kuài lè.
Dearest teacher(s), Happy Teacher’s Day.

成功的道路上, 永远离不开您
I could not have succeeded without You

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Another inspiring video filled with quotable quotes, Teacher’s Day, by Jason Kotker and Karthik Kannan:

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