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Teachers leave a significant impact on each and every human’s life. They are the people who shape a person and develop their character. Apart from the parents, the teachers also play a crucial role in a person’s life and help them to get established in their respective field. The profession of teaching and providing education to others is considered as the noblest profession of all. To honour the contributions of the teachers as well as to celebrate the importance of the teachers, teachers’ day is celebrated each and every year in the educational institutes all around the world.
World Teachers’ Day
It is also known as the International Teachers’ Day. It is held on 5th October every year. The day was established on 1994 by UNESCO and it mainly focuses to appreciate the teachers as well as asses them and improve the educators all around the world. In addition to that the various issues arisen during providing education are also identified. Necessary steps to correct those issues are also undertaken. The Education International organization strictly instructs so that the World Teachers’ Day is celebrated all over the world every year and all the educational institutes take part in it. It is approximated that more than 100 countries participate in the World Teachers’ Day. The World Teachers’ Day is a very essential day for assessing the educational advancements if the institutes. It helps in the overall assessment of the institutes and based on the assessments necessary steps are undertaken. It is also important for undertaking future ventures to increase the effectivity of the educational institutes and help them to make plans accordingly. Each and every year the world teachers’ day has some specific theme which helps them to differentiate from other years. The theme of World Teachers’ Day 2017 was “Empowering Teachers.”
Teachers’ Day in India
Teachers’ Day is also celebrated in India but the day is different than other parts of the world. 5th September is celebrated as the Teachers Day in India. The reason behind this is that this day is also the birthday of 2nd Prime Minister of India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. He was also the first Vice President of India but apart from his ministry, he was very famous for his contributions to the education system as well as various charitable works for India. He believed in the idea of education for all and being a teacher himself, has done a lot of work to for the improvement of education in India.
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born on 5th September, 1888 in Thiruttani, Madras Presidency in British India. Throughout his student life, he has performed very well and has got many scholarships. After completing his schooling he studied philosophy and did his masters from Madras Christian College at the age of only 17 years. He has studied the Indian philosophy and his master’s thesis was on The Ethics of the “Vedanta and its Metaphysical Presuppositions.” His career started as the teacher of philosophy in the Department of Philosophy in Madras Presidency College. Throughout his professional career, he has taught in many colleges and he was appreciated by the students. He has served as the professors of various educational institutes all around India. He has also been associated with various charity works and has established many charitable organizations. He has also been awarded Bharat Ratna, Knighthood, British Order of Merit for his contributions.
He became the President of India and joined the office on 14th May 1962. After becoming the president, many of his former students and friends plead him to celebrate his birthday. They approached him on his birthday to pay their respect. Dr. Radhakrishnan replied in his speech that rather than celebrating his birthday, it would be better that the teachers are honoured. Afterward, 5th September has been celebrated as the Teachers’ Day in India.
Reason of Celebration
The celebration of teachers’ day is to appreciate the mark a teacher leaves in a person’s life. It is due to the contributions of the teachers that an individual is able to read and write and know the language. Teachers also teach the students to value of various things and educate them about the characters that are appropriate in the society. They shape an individual into a good human being. Teachers also help in the character development and provide the students the knowledge so that they become honest and truthful in their life. Due to all these contribution teachers must be appreciated for their efforts and that is the reason why teachers’ day is celebrated.
Teachers’ Day Celebration
Generally, on this day, there are no classes held in the educational institutes and the students as well as the teachers are in a festive mood. Before the celebration, the students practice for the celebration for a long time and they also make arrangements for the teachers’ day. Various songs related to teachers’ day are generally practiced. Sometimes, short play or dramas are also performed by the students on this but before that, they practice it for a lot of time. On the teachers’ day, the institutes are decorated with colourful flowers and papers. The function starts by offering flowers to the picture of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Next, a song is performed to mark the beginning of the function. After the initial performance, the students present the teachers with some gifts and teachers’ day greeting cards and the teachers’ day wishes are exchanged by the teachers as well as the students. After that, the teachers give a teachers’ day speech. Following this, the students generally perform songs and dance and at the end of the whole function a cake is cut and sweets and other food items are distributed among the teachers as well as the students. In some institutes, a feast is organized for the students as well as the teachers.
Like all other years teachers’ day will also be celebrated this year in various institutes. The arrangement of Teachers’ Day 2018 is already in session and various students of the educational institutes are practicing well for the day.
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