World Teachers’ Day – Teachers; the architects of young minds

World Teachers’ Day – Teachers; the architects of young minds

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Teachers’ Day (today) is a special day for the 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 day is celebrated every year on October 5 to pay tribute and highlight the importance of teachers in a society.

Where parents are responsible for the upbringing of children, teachers play a vital role in helping them use their knowledge and imply them to become valuable citizens of the society.

Considering their significance, the Sindh Education Department has determined grades and incentives for teachers to give them their deserved value.

Many of the basic rights of teachers are being ignored in our country. With the approval of your school teachers and parents you can join hands with teachers in safeguarding teachers’ rights.

Unfortunately, teaching is not a well-paid profession in our country, particularly in government schools. And, in private schools, more often than not, teachers are being exploited by school authorities in one form or the other. This is just to give you a basic idea of the issues faced by our teachers.

The day is celebrated on October 5 in more than 100 countries and by over 400-member organizations of Education International — the international body of teachers. The day was established by United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1994 to generate awareness, understanding and appreciation of the teachers’ role in education and development; to generate support for teachers’ well-being and to make sure that students’ needs continue to be met by teachers.

The day is aimed at mobilizing support for teachers and to ensure that the educational and spiritual need of future generations would continue to be met by dedicated teachers.

The idea of celebrating Teachers’ Day took root in many countries during the 19th century; in most cases, they celebrate a local educator or an important milestone in education. This is the primary reason why countries celebrate this day on different dates, unlike many other International Days.

In other areas of the world relevant posters are also displayed in public places and students are encouraged to send e-cards or letters of appreciation to teachers who made a special or memorable contribution to their development.

There are many ways of celebrating this day and showing our respect to teachers. The simplest way would be to say ‘Thank you’ to all your teachers for their efforts and role in our lives. We can give them greeting cards or we can assign a class representative to say thanks, on behalf of the entire class, to each subject teacher at the beginning of every period.

Teachers like to be appreciated for their work, effort and concern and any disclosure on students’ part about what they mean to us would mean a world to them.

Apart from these things, there are several other things that you can do easily to honor your teachers. You can raise awareness about teachers’ importance via media by contributing articles to different newspapers.

You can request your principal to organize something to honor your teachers, such as an essay contest in which students are asked to write about their favorite teachers or a speech contest on the importance of teachers and the role they play in our lives.

In Pakistan Teachers’ Day is celebrated annually on 5th October to celebrate the essential role of teachers in providing quality education at all levels.  The day focuses for providing quality training to teachers‚ focusing on their professional development and protection for their rights.

Teacher is the most important person in the educational domain and deserves appreciation on this Teachers’ Day. Take some time out to honor your teachers and acknowledge the contributions they made to your lives by participating in the World Teachers’ Day, a day set aside by the world community to celebrate teachers and the central role they play in nurturing and guiding infants, children, youth and adults through the life-long learning process.

The whole society revolves around the teacher. The idea of celebrating ‘Teachers Day’ was implemented in 1994 during the government of General Musharraf that media started to highlight the difficulties of teachers.

Just like parents, teachers too shape our lives for good and help us grow and become better persons. That is why they deserve as much respect and care, and should hold as important a place in our lives as our parents and close family members do.

It is a tough task to teach young children who have just entered school. Teachers have to adjust to the learning capabilities of children to make sure they learn the basics of every subject. And while doing that they also have to generate and maintain the interest of young students.

Teachers also have the added responsibility to give occasional words of advice. And for doing that and laying the foundations for development of the mind, they deserve praise and respect.

World Teachers’ Day is marked to remember all that we discussed above and to show our appreciation to teachers for all the good they do or have done in our lives. It is a day as important as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

Understanding the significance of the role, teachers play in our lives is the starting point for showing our appreciation to them. It is only then that we develop and generate the respect inside us that all our teachers deserve. At a collective or general level, it is only teachers who are responsible for giving our society successful individuals.

A society cannot progress unless it learns to value and respect its teachers. So, if you want to earn respect, money, name and fame, value your teachers — as they are the ones who feed our souls, inspire our hearts and nourish our minds.

 

 

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