May 6, 2010 

Iran should become a model for other nations: Leader
Tehran Times Political Desk

TEHRAN - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei 
has said the Iranian nation can become a model for other nations in terms of 
upholding spiritual values and introducing a system that guarantees material 

"The appalling prospects for humanity in regard to ethics can be changed, but 
first a big change should occur in Iran, and Iran should become a material and 
spiritual model," he said in Tehran on Wednesday at a meeting with thousands of 
Iranian teachers. 

Ayatollah Khamenei stated that the Iranian nation should try to make progress 
to such a level that it can present exemplary political, social, and scientific 
models for other nations and the thinkers of the Islamic world, adding, "It is 
the historic duty of the Iranian nation." 

Commenting on Teachers' Day, the Leader paid tribute to Ayatollah Morteza 
Motahhari for his years of diligent efforts to enlighten people. 

May 2, the martyrdom anniverary of Ayatollah Morteza Motahhari, who was a great 
Iranian scholar, cleric, and university professor, has been designated as 
Teachers' Day in Iran. 

Ayatollah Khamenei said teachers have a vital and important role to train 
creative, faithful, imaginative, self-confident, motivated, patient, and 
optimistic people to the help country continue its progress. 

He also highlighted the role of teachers in developing children's individual 
and social personalities. 

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Leader called for a fundamental change in the 
country's education system and said the change should be in line with the 
country's needs, goals, and capabilities 

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