Teacher’s Day In India Since times immemorial, Indians have respected and idolized their teachers. Earlier, we used to call our teachers ‘Guru’ and now it’s the contemporary ‘Sir’ or ‘Madam’. Nevertheless, the role of teachers has remained the same. They were, are and will continue to be our guiding light, creating conditions conducive to our overall development. We will always be thankful to them for their constructive support. It is as an expression of this gratitude only that we celebrate Teacher’s Day in India. Teacher’s Day is a tribute to the hard work and devotion of the teachers all year long, to educate a child.
In India, teacher’s day is celebrated on 5th of September every year. Indian Teacher’s Day is dedicated to Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was a zealous advocate of education and one of the greatest scholars and teachers of all times, apart from being the first Vice President and the second President of India. As a mark of respect to this phenomenal teacher, his birthday came to be observed as Teacher’s Day in the country. On Teacher’s day, students across India dress up as their teachers and take lectures in classes that are assigned to the teachers they represent.
Sometimes, teachers sit in their classes as students, trying to relive the time when they, themselves, were students. Also, functions are organized in schools on the special day, where students present dance performances, dramas, and various other programs to entertain their teachers. This day provides for a healthy interaction between teachers and students as well. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was one of the most distinguished diplomats, scholars and teachers of India, apart from being the first Vice President and the second President of the country.
As a tribute to this great teacher, his birthday is observed as Teacher’s Day across India. As a matter of fact, when his students and friends asked him for the permission to celebrate his birthday, it was he who asked them to celebrate the day as Teacher’s Day, honoring the efforts of teachers across the country. Birth & Education Dr. S Radhakrishnan was born on September 5, 1888, at Tiruttani, forty miles to the northeast of Chennai (then Madras), in South India. His early years were spent in Tiruttani and Tirupati, both famous as pilgrim centers.
He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Arts from Madras University. In April 1909, he was appointed to the Department of Philosophy, at the Madras Presidency College. From then onwards, he was engaged in a serious study of Indian philosophy and religion, and went on to become a teacher of Philosophy. Professional Life In 1918, Doctor Radha Krishnan was appointed as the Professor of Philosophy, in the University of Mysore. Three years later, he was appointed as a Professor to King George V Chair of Mental and Moral Science in the University of Calcutta. Dr.
Radhakrishnan even represented the University of Calcutta at the Congress of the Universities of the British Empire in June 1926 and the International Congress of Philosophy at the Harvard University in September 1926. In 1929, Dr. Radhakrishnan was invited to take the post vacated by Principal J. Estin Carpenter, in Manchester College, Oxford. In Oxford, Dr. Radhakrishnan lectured the students on Comparative Religion. From 1936-39, he served as the Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethic,s at Oxford University. In 1939, he was elected Fellow of the British Academy.
From 1939-48, he was the Vice-Chancellor of the Banaras Hindu University. He later held offices that dealt with India’s national and international affairs. He was the leader of the Indian delegation to UNESCO during 1946-52. Dr. Radhakrishnan served as the Ambassador of India to U. S. S. R. during 1949-52. He was also a member of the Constituent Assembly of India. His Works Dr. Radhakrishnan penned down a number of books during his lifetime, some of which are like The Hindu View of Life, The Idealist View of Life, Religion and Society, Eastern Religions and Western Thought and A Source Book in Indian Philosophy.
He had also written for some of the most reputed international journals. Presidency Of India Dr. Radhakrishnan was the Vice-President of India from 1952 to 1962 and the President, General Conference of UNESCO, from 1952 to 1954. He held the office of the Chancellor, University of Delhi, from 1953-62. In May 1962, Dr. Radhakrishnan became the President of India, a post he served till May 1967. He was honored with Bharat Ratna in 1954. He was also knighted by the British government in the year 1931, but, he used only his academic title ‘Doctor’ throughout his life.
Indian Teacher’s Day History India has been celebrating Teacher’s Day on 5th September, since 1962. The day commemorates the birthday of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakhrishnan, a philosopher and a teacher par excellence, and his contribution towards Indian education system. Dr Radhakhrishnan believed that “teachers should be the best minds in the country”. On this day, we gratefully remember the great educationist, apart from honoring all the teachers that have made our life much more knowledgeable and fulfilled, as serving as our beacons of light.
The birthday of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakhrishnan came to be celebrated as Teacher’s Day when, one day, some of his students and friends requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday. In reply, Dr. Radhakrishnan said, “instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be my proud privilege if September 5th is observed as Teacher’s day”. From then onwards, Dr. Radhakrishnan’s birthday is observed as Teacher’s Day all across India. Teachers’ Day is very important for all the people in India, as the teachers act as foundation for creating responsible citizens and good human beings.
It is impossible to imagine our lives without teachers. They are the cornerstone of our future. We can never thank our teachers enough for their immense contribution in our life. Teacher’s Day is celebrated to show our acknowledgement and recognition of the hard work put in by our teachers towards our development. Schools all over India celebrate Teacher’s Day by allowing the senior students to pose as teachers for a day. It is a fun-filled activity, which is enjoyed by both the acting teachers and their junior students. On this day, students bring gifts for their most admired teachers as well.
It is an equally special day for teachers, as they get to know how much they are liked and appreciated by their students. Gifts to teachers include flowers, greeting cards and other items. Some students also write poems and messages for teachers. Students look forward to Teacher’s Day with a lot of anticipation, for the sheer spirit of the occasion. Acting as teachers, they get a fair idea of the responsibility, so efficiently burdened by their teachers. It requires a lot of hard work and dedication to be a good teacher and earn the fondness of the students at the same time.
Teachers, on this day, are reminded of their school days and feel nostalgic. All in all, it is celebration mode for everyone! “I am indeed very happy to be with you today, on the eve of Teachers’ Day. We celebrate 5th September, the birth anniversary of Dr Radhakrishnan, our former President, as Teachers’ Day all over the country to honour and to express our nation’s gratitude to all teachers for their dedicated service to the nation. Teachers’ Day is the ideal day of telling our teachers that we feel blessed because of their presence in our lives.
I join you in remembering Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, the great scholar, the great philosopher, the great teacher and above all a great educationist. Teaching has always been considered a noble profession. My own years as a teacher have been the most satisfying and fulfilling in my life. Through teachers flow the values and culture of a nation and its people. Teachers’ own value system, their character and their behaviour directly influence our children. But, misinformation and limited learning behaviours, that children sometimes internalize, can also be traced back to teachers’ lack of knowledge, poor understanding, or biases.
We must guard against these negative features. Teachers are invariably seen as front-line participants in educational reform, critical to successful quality schooling in our country. But, sadly, teachers are often excluded from policy-making, governance and management of our educational system as also from day-to-day instructional strategies and decision making. In our endeavour for educational reforms we must, therefore, emphasize the empowerment of teachers and that includes real opportunity for them to share policy perspectives and decision-making in pursuit of educational development and reforms.
It is my belief that all teachers are creative, talented people; teachers respond remarkably when they are respected and included in the decision-making integral to their work in the classroom. They gain a sense of ownership over their work and their classrooms, when they are involved in the development of the curriculum, designing of the syllabus, making and selecting of teaching materials and in training programmes leading to their own intellectual and professional development. One critical area that all teachers must reflect upon is equality and inclusiveness of our educational system.
Numerous programmes have been initiated in our country that focus on equality and inclusiveness paying particular attention to the girl child, or children from the scheduled caste or scheduled tribe or minority communities, or for differently-abled children with special needs and problems. Such programmes will result in an empowered youth and citizenship, only if their teachers are empowered supporters of equality and inclusiveness. If efforts to increase student access, learning and retention in elementary and secondary education are to succeed and make headway, relevant and empowering teacher education is of critical importance.
This is particularly true of women teachers who must serve as positive role models for our society at large. Our Government is committed to provide quality education to all. The Right to Education Act was passed by the Parliament last year. The Right to Education Act and Article 21-A of our Constitution guaranteeing elementary education as a Fundamental Right, have now become operational with effect from 1st April 2010. I compliment and pay tribute to my colleague Shri Kapil Sibal or the zeal, dedication and enthusiasm that he has brought to bear on the work of this most important ministry of Union Government, that Human Resource Development Ministry is. I had on that occasion addressed the nation and recounted my own childhood experience of studying in extremely difficult and adverse circumstances. Time has come for all of us to change this situation and ensure that every child in this country of ours has the opportunity to exercise his or her right to an education of equitable quality, and thereby making the Right to Education a grand national movement.
Today, you have both challenge and opportunity to provide good quality education to all our children. Through you, our nation aspires to build in our children a commitment to the values of democracy, and the values of equality, justice, freedom, secularism, respect for human dignity and human rights. I urge you to develop in our children independence of thought, action and capacity of carefully considered, decision making which is based on reason and understanding. Through you, our children must develop a sensitivity to others’ well- being and feelings.
Through you, our children must develop the ability to work and participate in economic and social processes and in processes of social change. These aspirations for our children necessarily mean that the school environment should be free from fear, trauma and anxiety. No child, irrespective of caste, gender or community to which he or she belongs should dread the thought of going to school. The RTE Act bans corporal punishment and mental harassment. It also bans detention and expulsion. These provisions have led many teachers to question how discipline will be maintained in the classroom.
The answer to this important issue was given by the well known philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti: “Discipline is an easy way to control a child, but it does not help him to understand the problems involved in living… If the teacher can give full attention to each child, observing and helping him, then compulsion or domination or discipline in any form may be unnecessary”. The educational system in our country is at a very critical juncture. We have to maintain the fine balance between tradition and continuity, between radition and modernity on the one hand, and innovation and change on the other. As teachers, you are the most important nation builders, you constitute our nation’s most precious national resource, and we look to you to guide our children in their quest for knowledge, truth and in their capacity to lead a life of dignity and self respect. With these words, I congratulate each one of you – the distinguished Teacher Awardees – on winning this very prestigious national award. It is a small token of our nation’s gratitude to the great fraternity of teachers in our country.
On the occasion of the Teachers Day I extend my heartfelt warm greetings to all members of the teaching community and wish each one of you success and fulfillment in your personal life and vocation. ” Teacher’s Day Speech A true teacher is not someone who just teaches academic lessons to his/her students. Rather, he/she is like a guide, who helps the students in each and every sphere of life, by giving the right advice. They are future makers. None of the achievers in this world has attained a feat without the guidance of a teacher. Teacher’s Day seeks to acknowledge this very contribution of teachers.
If you want to make this day special for your teachers as well, try to deliver a speech in their honor, highlighting their importance on the life of students. In case you need some tips on Teacher’s Day speech, read on. Teachers Day Speech Tips • First, you need to decide on the duration of your Teacher’s Day speech. You can conclude it in as less time as five minutes or stretch it to as much as half an hour. However, it is the best to stick to a duration of 10 to 15 minutes, which gives you enough time to applaud your teacher, but doesn’t make the speech too long and boring. You can include the famous quotes and sayings on teachers, in your Teacher’s Day speech. However, do make sure that the quotes pertain to the particular train of thought that you are following in the speech and do not look as if they have been added just for the heck of it. So, be very careful while choosing the quotes and sayings that will form a part of your speech. • You also need to decide on the flow of your speech i. e. how will the quotes and sayings will be included in the speech, what will be the opening paragraph and how will your conclude the speech.
A good idea is to start the speech with a quote and end with it applause for the teachers and gratitude for the role that they play in a student’s life. • If you want, you can include in the speech a small description about your relationship with a particular teacher and quote an incident that you specifically remember, where your teacher came to your rescue. It will add a personal touch to the speech. • Though many people tend to overlook it, the speaker’s voice modulation and the speed at which he/she delivers the speech are also very important.
Remember, you need to maintain a moderate speed, where you speak neither too slow nor too fast. The pitch of your voice should be pleasing to the ears. Thank you Messages for Teachers Teachers are one of the greatest people whom you can across in your life. They are not only the selfless givers but also the mentors of your life. At every step of your life, you come cross teachers who devote their entire life in the enlightenment of students like you. For sure, teachers’ definition can’t be limited to a subject teacher because anyone who guides you in your life is a teacher.
Many a times in life, you feel like thanking your teacher but you do not find a proper occasion. So this teachers’ day commemorate your teachers’ efforts and thank him for being the guiding light in your life. You can express your gratitude for your teacher with the help of Teacher’s Day messages. They are a kind of “Thank You” messages for teachers. Read the following messages to thank teachers. Teachers’ Day Messages • You are the best Teacher in this world. Wherever I may go in my life, I will always remember that I had an excellent guide in the form of a teacher, you. •
I found guidance, friendship, discipline and love, everything, in one person. And that person is you (name of your teacher) • Without you, we would have been lost. Thank you teacher for guiding us, inspiring us and making us what we are today. • We will always be thankful to you for all the hard work and efforts you have put in, for educating us. • You are not only our teacher. Rather, you are friend, philosopher and guide, all molded into one person. We will always be grateful to you for your support. • I may not say it always. But, I mean it whenever I say it. Thank You Teacher for all the things you have done for us. You have been the mentor of life. Though I did not realize it earlier. Now it feels great to have someone who guided me to the right track in life. Happy Teacher’s Day! • Thanks for being my teacher and guiding me towards the right path of life. I am grateful to you teacher! • With a great teacher like you, I was sure that life would be a successful journey but I never knew you will also make the journey to success such a cakewalk. I can’t express my gratitude Sir! • You have been more than a teacher- a mentor, guide, and philosopher! Thanks for blessings me. • Success is your blessing, teacher.
I would always be thankful to you. • Best of me, reminds me of you. Happy Teachers’ Day! • Life is a journey and your words have been a guiding light throughout. Happy Teachers’ Day! • Teacher you have always shown us the right way. Whatever little we have achieved in your life is because of you only. Thanks for being our guide and mentor. Happy Teachers’ Day! •• Perfect Teacher • Teachers have a very special place in the society. They have the instinct to recognize talent and nurture it. They are the creators of responsible citizens, who contribute to the society in one way or the other.
Students, especially the small children, often consider their favorite teacher as the perfect person on earth. If you are also a disciple of that ‘perfect’ teacher, then take Teacher’s Day as the chance to appreciate him/her. You may dedicate a song, quote, speech or poetry. If you want to dedicate a cute poetry for that great teacher in your life, then check out our compilation of poems, in the following lines. Great Teachers’ Poems Perfect Teacher! A Teacher Is… Someone who is wise… Who cares about the students and wears no disguise. But is honest and open and shares from the heart.
Not just lessons from books, but life where you are. A teacher takes time to help and tutor. With English or math or on a computer. It’s (Teacher’ name) who’s patient, even in stress. Who never gives less than the very best! Not that I was the perfect student, But you were the perfect teacher for me! – Author Unknown A Special Teacher Teachers come and go But every so often one comes along That you’ll always remember One who makes learning an adventure… And who can still remember What it’s like to be young And growing up… The kind who can make you Want to be the very best you can be… Someone you can really talk to,
Who really cares What happens to you… That person is YOU! – Author Unknown To My Teacher A substitute for working moms, She comforts, pampers, soothes and calms. With all the love she has to share, She’s great to have when mom’s not there. She loves to rock a fussy child, Corrects the one who gets too wild. She hears her share of tearful pleas, And comforts those with skinned up knees. With little children she plays a peek, For bigger ones it’s hide-and-seek. She is an expert at each game, But somehow loses just the same She helps them learn the alphabet, And gives them hugs when they’re upset.
She is a true and trusted friend, Who helps them learn and play pretend. Although she’s paid, it’s plain to see, She serves them with a love that’s free – Author Unknown Thank you Messages for Teachers Teachers are one of the greatest people whom you can across in your life. They are not only the selfless givers but also the mentors of your life. At every step of your life, you come cross teachers who devote their entire life in the enlightenment of students like you. For sure, teachers’ definition can’t be limited to a subject teacher because anyone who guides you in your life is a teacher.
Many a times in life, you feel like thanking your teacher but you do not find a proper occasion. So this teachers’ day commemorate your teachers’ efforts and thank him for being the guiding light in your life. You can express your gratitude for your teacher with the help of Teacher’s Day messages. They are a kind of “Thank You” messages for teachers. Read the following messages to thank teachers. Teachers’ Day Messages • You are the best Teacher in this world. Wherever I may go in my life, I will always remember that I had an excellent guide in the form of a teacher, you. I found guidance, friendship, discipline and love, everything, in one person. And that person is you (name of your teacher) • Without you, we would have been lost. Thank you teacher for guiding us, inspiring us and making us what we are today. • We will always be thankful to you for all the hard work and efforts you have put in, for educating us. • You are not only our teacher. Rather, you are friend, philosopher and guide, all molded into one person. We will always be grateful to you for your support. • I may not say it always. But, I mean it whenever I say it.
Thank You Teacher for all the things you have done for us. • You have been the mentor of life. Though I did not realize it earlier. Now it feels great to have someone who guided me to the right track in life. Happy Teacher’s Day! • Thanks for being my teacher and guiding me towards the right path of life. I am grateful to you teacher! • With a great teacher like you, I was sure that life would be a successful journey but I never knew you will also make the journey to success such a cakewalk. I can’t express my gratitude Sir! • You have been more than a teacher- a mentor, guide, and philosopher!
Thanks for blessings me. • Success is your blessing, teacher. I would always be thankful to you. • Best of me, reminds me of you. Happy Teachers’ Day! • Life is a journey and your words have been a guiding light throughout. Happy Teachers’ Day! • Teacher you have always shown us the right way. Whatever little we have achieved in your life is because of you only. Thanks for being our guide and mentor. Happy Teachers’ Day! World Teacher’s Day Since the last fifteen years, almost 100 countries around the world have been celebrating World Teacher’s Day on 5th October.
UNESCO inaugurated the said date as World Teacher’s Day in 1994. The efforts of Education International (the global union federation that represents education professionals worldwide) and its 348 member organizations have contributed to the wide spread recognition of World Teachers Day. Every year, Education International launches a public awareness campaign to highlight the contributions of the teaching profession. World Teacher’s Day is celebrated to convey an appreciation of the contribution, dedication and devotion of the teachers.
Teachers are essential, rather indispensable, for the effective working of our educational system. They help in the development of a child, not only academically, but also socially and emotionally. They expand our horizons and encourage us to explore our potentialities to the maximum possible extent. As our age progresses, we come out of their shadows, but their footprints remain etched on our life paths. Teachers hold an important position in the society. They help in the development of the society, by building a better- educated and more tolerant community, thus contributing to the prosperity of the nation.
By dedicating a day to the teachers, we recognize the importance of having competent, qualified and motivated educators across the world. This day, certainly, will be mentioned in golden letters in the annals of history and observed by generations to come, with the same enthusiasm as us. World Teacher’s Day is celebrated across the world on 5th October, with great verve and enthusiasm. Ever since the importance of teachers has been recognized by UNESCO, by adopting the “Recommendation concerning the status of teachers”, World Teacher’s Day has been celebrated annually.
This includes celebrations to honor the teachers for their special contribution in a particular field area or the community in general. In some countries, World Teacher’s Day is celebrated by organizing conferences focused on the importance of teachers and learning. In many countries, extra training sessions for teachers, recruitment drives for the teaching profession (among university students or other suitably qualified professionals) and events to increase the profile of teachers and the role they play in the media, are undertaken. Teacher’s Organizations In The World
Trade unions or other professional organizations that represent teachers play an important role in organizing World Teachers’ Day events in many countries. These organizations include: • The Australian Education Union. • The Canadian Teachers’ Federation. • The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (Canada). • The All India Secondary Teachers’ Federation. • The Japan Teachers’ Union. • The Teachers Council (New Zealand). • The National Union of Teachers (United Kingdom). • The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (United Kingdom). •
The National Education Association (United States). Besides, international organizations such as TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Education International organize international, national and local events, as a tribute to all the teachers in the world. In some areas, posters are displayed and pupils and ex-pupils are encouraged to send e-cards or letters of appreciation to teachers who made a special or memorable contribution to their education. World Teacher’s Day History World Teacher’s Day is celebrated all across the globe on 5th October, every year.
The day came to be celebrated for the first time in the year 1994 and since then, it has been observed by 100 countries in the world. On this day, teachers are honored for their immense contribution towards the education and development of children. It is celebrated by over 100 countries in the world aided by the efforts of Education International to appreciate the efforts of teachers and express gratitude towards them. World Teacher’s days aims to mobiles support for the teachers across the world and ensure that the needs of future generations are efficiently met by them.
The day seeks to acknowledge the dedication and commitment of the teachers of the world towards their profession. It origin is associated with the adoption of “Recommendation concerning the status of teachers”. The day came into existence due to the concerted efforts of Education International, a global union federation of teachers’ trade unions. On 5th October 1966, the teachers of the world took a giant leap forward. A Special Intergovernmental Conference adopted the UNESCO/ILO “Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers”.
This Recommendation, for the first time ever, gave teachers, throughout the world, an instrument that defined their responsibilities and asserted their rights. On 5th October 1994, UNESCO inaugurated World Teacher’s Day. This day was selected to commemorate the adoption of UNESCO/ILO joint Recommendation. World Teacher’s Day lays emphasis on the achievements and contributions of the teachers around the world. The efforts of Education International and its 348 member organizations have led to the wide spread recognition of World Teacher’s Day.
Every year, EI launches a public awareness campaign to highlight the contributions of the teaching profession. This is so because it believes that World Teacher’s Day should be internationally recognized and celebrated around the world Types Of Teachers Teachers serve as the guiding force in a student’s life. They are responsible for molding a student’s personality and shaping his/her mental orientation. Teachers deeply impact our lives and direct the course of our future. One cannot deny the influence of teachers in one’s life. In fact, it would not be an exaggeration to say that, till a certain age, out life revolves around our teachers.
They are our constant companions, until we grow old enough to come out of their shadow and move ahead on our own. Right from the time we embark on our education trip, we come across different types of teachers. Some are friendly, some are strict, and some are the ones we idolize. We also dislike a few, who fail to impress us positively. Students begin to like teachers, according to their own individual preferences. They even classify their teachers into different categories, such as Friendly Teachers, Lenient Teachers, Perfectionist Teachers, Strict Teachers and Funny Teachers.
All these classifications for teachers are based on some typical personality traits of the teachers. For ex – some teachers constantly criticize the students, some act like friends, some are fun to be with and so on. Let us explore them in detail. Friendly Teacher A friendly teacher, as the very term suggests, acts like a friend for his/her students. A teacher-friend, in fact, combines both the guidance of a teacher and the understanding of a friend. We all, at some point of time, aspire for an understanding teacher. Such a teacher acts like our friend, philosopher and guide. Funny Teacher
A funny teacher is like a God-sent to the students. Such a teacher always wants to see his/her students smile ands make learning a pleasurable experience. They are not clumsy, as most people think them to be. Rather, they are witty and bring in humor in the most subtle form. Ideal Teacher An ideal teacher is the one we respect from our heart. He/she acts as a guide to the students, while not pushing them too much. Such a perfect motivates them and boosts their morale. He/she tries to encourage the students and refrains from criticizing them. Lenient Teacher A lenient teacher is easygoing and takes things as they come.
He/she is not overly finicky about things, such as doing homework on time or not sitting quietly in the class, etc. Such teachers very well realize that being strict with a child can only make him/her withdrawn. However, this does not mean that one can do anything in the class of a pampering teacher. Strict Teacher A strict teacher is very tough on students. He/she always insists on adhering to the deadlines. Such a teacher dislikes any mistakes or carelessness on the part of the students. Students have to be extra cautious under such a teacher. He/she is like a disciplinarian, always keeping students on their toes.