A multiple Award-winning Kenyan artiste and producer Don Santo launched a Kalpop Reggae song dubbed 'Teacher of The Year!' this year which is part of the African lion album.
"Imagine a school where teaching is considered to be a profession rather than a trade. The role of teachers in a child's education -- and in African culture -- has fundamentally changed. Teaching differs from the old "show-and-tell" practices as much as modern medical techniques differ from practices such as applying leeches and bloodletting." Says His Eminent Majesty Don Santo.
On new technology and how it has affected teaching today, the Leadership and Training consultant says,
"Many teachers today, however, are encouraged to adapt and adopt new practices that acknowledge both the art and science of learning. They understand that the essence of education is a close relationship between a knowledgeable, caring adult and a secure, motivated child. They grasp that their most important role is to get to know each student as an individual in order to comprehend his or her unique needs, learning style, social and cultural background, interests, and abilities."
Santo also admits that despite teachers being an integral part in human development and by extension societal development, teachers in Kenyan public schools are facing a number of challenges that should be sorted out immediately if we are to have a brighter future for our children.
"Kenyan teachers are the least paid in the world. They are subjected to inhumane conditions with little or no resources, yet they are responsible for how we turn out to be in the future." Don Santo said this during African Lion Media Tour at Milele FM which is hosted by John Voke and Dj Finnal the Finnisher.
"Kenyan politicians are the highest paid in the world but look at how inept they are. They cannot even deliver the simplest of tasks like legislation because they are compromised and selfish." He continued.
In the song, Don Santo sings,
Mwalimu u hali gani? Napenda ukinifunza yeah! Yeah! Kanitoa uhuni wa maisha nakupenda si siri. The teachers of this land seh dem tired of mediocre I know you deserve love respect en' di honour However if you look sometimes dem life no easy bout yah
He says, teachers teach us how to fit in the future without forgetting manners and culture and he knows they mean so well when they urge us to pull up our socks and work hard.
African Lion album is available worldwide on all digital platforms.