The greatness of a teacher comes to light only when she or he succeeds in transforming the last 10 average students in a classroom into good students by radiating knowledge and purity of life, former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has said.
He was taking part in an interactive session with the students of St. Joseph’s Anglo-Indian Girls’ Higher Secondary School, here, on Saturday.
Mr. Kalam said the priority of a teacher should not be only producing rank-holders. A good teacher should strive to give dreams to children.
On the motivating role played by some of his teachers, Mr. Kalam said, “It was because of them that I could shape my career and life.”
Stressing the importance of becoming a “unique” person in life, Mr. Kalam said only the contributions of such persons would be remembered by the people.
“What I will be remembered for should be a matter of concern for all students and education will give you the wings to fly to the ultimate goal,” he said.
Explaining the four secrets to becoming a “unique person,” Mr. Kalam said one should have a great aim above all, with a continuous thirst for acquiring knowledge, willingness to work hard, and perseverance. He urged the students to be catalysts of “good homes” though which the nation could gradually prosper.
Mr. Kalam urged each student to plant at least five trees.
It was essential to sustain the balance of the nature and control the high amount of carbon dioxide emission. The concept of a green home could be achieved only through such simple steps, whereby students are committed to nurturing and protecting trees, he said.
He administered an oath to the students to act for the welfare of women and fight against gender discrimination.
Provincial Superior of Apostolic Carmel Congregation M. Snehalatha presided over the programme, which was organised as part of the sesquicentennial celebrations of the school. Bishop of Kozhikode diocese Varghese Chakkalakkal; M.K. Raghavan, MP; Mayor A.K. Premajam; Assistant Collector Mir Mohammed Ali; and headmistress M. Rosarita were present.