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TEACHERS' DAY | An Article by Sangita Das

TEACHERS' DAY

       
"Those who educate children well are more to be honoured than they who produced them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well. " ___ Aristotle


" Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world."
                                                                                              -Nelson Mandela




     If there were no teachers, all other professions would not exist.  A teacher plays different roles in a student's life. A teacher is a philosopher enlightening his students about the ways of the world. He serves the society by instructing and guiding countless students through the different stages of their growth.


     Teachers' Day is a special day for appreciation of teachers, and may include celebrations to honor them, for their special contributions, in a particular field, area, or the community in general.


       The idea of celebrating Teachers' Day emerged in many countries during 19th century. In most cases, they glorify an achievement of a local educator or an important milestone in education. This is the primary reason why countries celebrate this day on different dates, unlike most other International Days. For example New Zealand celebrates Teachers' Day on 29th October,  Oman on 24th February and Russia on 5th October. While in India, 'Guru Purnima" is traditionally observed as a day to venerate teachers, the birthday of India's second President Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan is also being celebrated as Teachers'Day since 1967. On the other hand many countries celebrate World Teachers' Day, on 5th October as proclaimed by UNESCO in 1994.


        The 'guru purnima' is an Indian festival dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers. This festival is traditionally celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Buddhists, to express their gratitude to their teachers. 


       In India, on Teachers' Day teachers and students report to school as always but the usual classes are replaced by cultural celebrations organised by students as a gesture of gratitude. In some schools, senior students take the responsibility of teaching, in order to show their appreciation for the teachers.


   Teachers' Day is celebrated as a mark of tribute to the contribution made by teachers to the society. 5th September is the birth anniversary of the great teacher Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was a staunch believer of education besides being a scholar, a diplomat and above all the 2nd President of India. There is this interesting story about how this day came to be celebrated as Teachers' Day since 1965,  some of his students and friends approached him and requested him to celebrate his birthday. He said, "Instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be my pride and privilege, if 5th September is observed as Teachers'Day". Honouring his wish, since then onwards, the day is being observed as Teachers'Day in India.

     Ever Garrison's words, "A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of Curiosity, Knowledge, and Wisdom in the pupils." is enough to sum it all.




Sangita Das
Assitant Teacher
Baramboi High Madrassa
Hajo Block.