World Students’ Day is celebrated annually on October 15th as a reminder of the importance of learning and being a student. It serves as a reminder that those who are students today can become professionals in various spheres of life, and the general welfare of society will depend on their work and knowledge.
The exact origin of this international holiday is unknown, and there are several different versions of its history. One version connects World Students’ Day to the 1200 students of the University of Prague who were killed during the Second World War. Another version links the holiday to the birthday of the former President of India, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who was a strong advocate of knowledge and education. However, the United Nations has debunked both claims and has confirmed that October 15th is not the official date for World Students’ Day, but is instead the Day of Rural Women. Nevertheless, World Students’ Day is still celebrated worldwide, especially in India, where it has a special significance.
- In 2003, Professor Marie Burrows of Higher Education in Cleveland, Australia, held a lecture on biology for 54 consecutive hours from April 15th to 17th.
- In 2003-2004, a world record for the number of students in one school was set in India, where there were approximately 28,000 students.
- The oldest university in the world is the Muslim Karaouine in Morocco, which was founded in 859.
How to take part
On this day, students can take a break from studying, while those who have graduated long ago can re-engage in self-education. People can also participate by organizing fun parties with competitions and delicious food, or by helping current schoolchildren decide on their future profession.
When is World Students’ Day celebrated in 2023?
World Students’ Day is observed on October 15 each year.