This animated poem was created by Peter and Paul Reynolds as a tribute to
teachers and their vital role in nurturing the learning spirit in every child.
We hope it inspires conversation and ideas towards improving our educational system.
Every child is born with the precious flame within. And the inner flame of wonder.
And the potential to begin. This inner light illuminates the path that lies ahead.
Igniting curiosity, keeping passion sphere, but sometimes this flame is challenged
from inside and out. It can flicker under pressure. It can be muddled by self-doubt.
Though, a child may sometimes stumble. They are never lost where teachers are
keeping that flame at any cost. Along with a caring family. It's the teacher who
remains by the side of every learner to life joys and sometimes pain.
These keepers of the flame can help and they can guide for they share that flame
of learning that burns brightly from inside. Teachers know a child's heart.
They value every kind of smart. Teachers help each child to climb high further over
time and own their struggles on the quest to learn and live with what they do best.
Teachers celebrate the triumphs and give shelter to the storm to keep their guiding
light steady, bright, and warm. And so, it's time to shine the light on them.
These keepers of the flame, we thank them for their passion and give them high
acclaim for their knowledge, research, science, and the art that allows them to be
stewards of the mind and the heart. To improve our schools, we have a choice
to listen to the teachers' voice. Those many voices far and wide protect each
student's flame inside. Expertise to know what's right to keep each spirit burning
bright. So, let's listen to our teachers, as we imagine and design schools that
keep all flame alight and allow every child to shine.
1. Who are the keepers of fire, as per the video?
2. Do any teachers inspire you?
3. Who is/was your favourite teacher and why?