Teachers’ Oath

The Finnish teachers’ union, Opetusalan Ammattijärjestö (OAJ), has introduced a new oath for teachers. The oath outlines principles of the profession and underscores the value of their work.

The Comenius’ Oath was designed by an independent ethical panel working with OAJ which comprised top Finnish experts of education and philosophers. Its name comes from the 16th Century international advocate for education who identified education at vital in achieving sustainable and peaceful societies and demanded education for all.

The OAJ´s wish is that this oath goes into the hands of all teachers all over Europe and across the world.

The Comenius’ Oath

All Finnish teachers present at the annual OAJ Educa Fair, held in Helsinki, from January 27-28, took this teachers´ oath:

“As a teacher, I am committed to educating the next generation, which is one of the most important human tasks. My aim in this will be to renew and pass on existing human knowledge, culture and skills.

“I shall act with justice and fairness in everything that I do, and promote my students’ development, so that each individual may grow up as a whole human being according to his or her own aptitudes and talents. I shall also strive to assist parents, guardians and other responsible people working with children and young people in their educational functions.

“I shall not reveal information that is communicated to me confidentially, and shall respect the privacy of children and young people. I shall also protect their physical and psychological integrity.

“I shall endeavour to shield the children and young people under my care from political and economic exploitation, and defend the rights of every individual to develop his or her own religious and political beliefs.

“I shall make continuous efforts to maintain and develop my professional skills, committing myself to my profession’s common goals and support my colleagues in their work. I shall act in the best interests of the community at large and strive to strengthen the respect in which the teaching profession is held.”

Teachers without Borders Finland agrees with the wish to spread the oath globally.

The original article has been published at Education International website. Read the full original article here.

Read more about the Trade Union of Education in Finland (OAJ) here.