Teachers play influencing role in our lives and celebrating Teachers day or Teachers Appreciation Day is a tribute to the contribution made by the teachers to the society. In India, Teachers Day is celebrated on 5th September, the birthday of great teacher Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, who was a renowned diplomat, a firm believer of education, scholar and President of India. When Dr. Radhakrishnan became the President of India in 1962, he was approached by some students and was requested to allow them to celebrate his birthday. In reply he said, “instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be my proud privilege if September 5 is observed as Teachers’ day”. From then onwards his birthday is dedicated to the teaching profession and celebrated through out India to honor the teachers for their special contribution.
World Teacher’s Day
Ever since the importance of teachers has been recognized by UNESCO, World Teacher’s Day is celebrated across the world on October 5. This includes celebrations to honor the teachers in a particular field or community in general. The idea of celebrating Teachers day independently took ground on 20th century. In most cases the reason of celebration also varies amongst the countries. Argentina celebrates Domingo Faustino Sarmiento’s death on September 11 since 1915, while India celebrates the birth ceremony of Dr, Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, on 5th September since 1962. These factors explain that all countries celebrate the day on different dates attaching their own values to it.
Teacher’s Day Activities
Celebration of Teachers day to honor the teachers for their immense role towards the society comprises lots of activities that add a fun note to the celebration. Some activities include dance, drama, games, competitions; thanks giving etc are organized by the students to make the occasion a grand affair for their teachers. They also perform mimicry of teachers that involves lot of excitement. This provides an opportunity for the students to show their respect and love to their teachers. The celebration is enjoyed by both students and teachers with great zeal and enthusiasm. Some schools also reward the teachers for their priceless efforts towards the student’s betterment.
Teacher’s Day Celebrations
Teacher’s day celebration is undertaken to recognize the devotion with which the teachers educate a child and encourage him/her morally. Teacher’s day provides us the opportunity to convey the message that we care for our teachers just as they do. Teacher’s day quotes is an excellent way to express the thoughts in a particular way. For eg- “The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple.” – Amos Bronson Alcott. Other teacher’s appreciation ideas may include writing poems, letters or notes of appreciation, organizing breakfast, decorating the classrooms or the hall rooms of your school or say ‘thank you’ in a very different way. Students make also email their teachers or leave notes in teacher’s boxes. A lot of activities including dance, dramas, dressing up like your favorite teacher and mimicry can be organized to commemorate the efforts of teachers towards shaping of a child’s character.
Teacher’s Day Gift
Flowers are the best way of expressing your wishes to your teachers. A bouquet can be a great way to make the day very special for your teacher. Chocolates can also be gifted with flowers. A greeting card can also be another perfect gift for your teacher. Other than this photo frames, pen, dairy, books also makes for perfect gifts.
Teacher’s Day in Different Countries
In India, Teachers’ Day is celebrated on 5th September in honor of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, a renowned politician and the second President of India. In the United States, Teachers’ Day is a non-official holiday on the Tuesday of first week of May. In Malaysia, 16th May is celebrated as teacher’s day. It’s a working day and known as ‘Hari Guru’ in Malaysia. In Thailand, January 16 is declared as Teachers Day. In Turkey, Teacher’s Day is celebrated on 24th of November. Iran observes Teacher’s Day on 2nd of May. Russia celebrates Teacher’s day on the 5th of October, coinciding with World Teacher’s Day established by UNESCO in 1994 and China observes Teacher’s Day on 10th of September.
Apart from the celebration and fun aspect of the day, teacher’s day is also the time to look back, admire and get inspired by Dr, Radhakrishnan and his set principles towards education.