October 5 is World Teachers’ Day, a day to celebrate educators around the world. Teaching is incredibly difficult (and often thankless) work, yet it might just be the world’s most important job. Teachers can and do change lives every day. They inspire generations of students to think, learn, create, and accomplish things they never believed they could do.
Started on 5 October 1994 by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), World Teachers’ Day is celebrated annually in over 100 countries. The day allows students, parents and community members to show their appreciation for teachers and the positive impact they make on society. Each year, many countries take part in the annual event by participating in various presentations, activities, exhibitions and public awareness campaigns. WTD recognizes the important work teachers do and their contributions to society in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological world.
Earlier Teachers’ Day has been celebrated variously in countries around the world. In Argentina, the nation commemorates Domingo Faustino Sarmiento’s death on September 11 as Teachers Day. This has been an Argentinean tradition since 1915. Again, in India, Teachers’ Day is a day of great cross-national celebrations. India celebrates the birth of Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan on 5th September as Teacher’s Day. The day has been nationally celebrated since 1965. In Turkey, 24th November is designated as Teachers’ Day. The thought behind the event was provided by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who stated that “the new generation will be created by teachers”.
Please take a moment out of your day and say thank you to all the past and present teachers who play fundamental roles in shaping your children’s lives as they grow and prepare them for their future. Thank you!