As the saying goes, ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’. Mr Daya of Flamingo Primary School can attest to that adage. When Mr Daya started his career as an educator three decades ago, little did he know the impact that he would make on the community he served. He never thought that he might produce intellectuals, politicians and business people.
As he bows out, the proud Mr. Daya remembers the day he started as a teacher, as if it were yesterday.
Speaking to the Rising Sun, Mr Daya delved deeper into the time he spent as a teacher and his love of sport.
“I started teaching at the Finetown Primary school in 1980. I moved to Highveld Primary School in August 1982. In 1992 the two schools combined and became Flamingo Primary School, and I have been here ever since,” said Mr Daya.
Mr Daya also spoke about the importance of education. “Education is one of the key pillars in a person’s life. I am grateful that I have been able to play my role in assisting this community. When we started, a lot of learners were from disadvantaged backgrounds and one can safely say that there has been a huge change in people’s lives today, compared to what it was like then. We used education as a tool to change people’s lives.”
Mr Daya said that he has no regrets regarding his choice of career path. Teaching, to him, was more of a calling than a profession and assisting his community kept him going. Mr Daya said the love he has for sport played a huge role in his life. He stated that education and sport cannot be separated. He said that schools should open their sports facilities to the communities so that they can be utilised for various activities.
He further urged his colleagues to continue with their sterling work and to respect and love their profession. He thanked the teachers, school management and most importantly, his family, for supporting him through the years.
In conclusion, Mr Daya said that his door would be always be open to assist the school with advice whenever the need arose.