World Teachers’ Day is celebrated all over the world to honor everyone involved in the education of others. Without teachers, we wouldn’t be where we are today. From the earliest of times, teachers have been praised and respected for the invaluable work they do in passing on knowledge and educating generations.
World Teachers’ Day was officially established by the UN in 1994, but the idea of honoring teachers goes back centuries. It is believed that Confucius was the first teacher who is credited with making the profession more widely known. However, learning processes existed long before Confucius. Today, various events are held in honor of World Teachers’ Day, such as award ceremonies, entertainment concerts, competitions, and the “Teacher of the Year” award, which honors teachers for their hard work and dedication.
- The first school in Europe opened in 1684 in Reims, and was founded by Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, a French priest and educational reformer.
- In ancient Greece, teachers of arithmetic were called calculators, which comes from the Latin word “calculus” which means pebbles, as counting was done using small stones.
- Sadly, in some countries, corporal punishment is still used in schools as a form of discipline.
- The teacher is an important part of education, but it is the parents who have the greatest influence.
- Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States, was a teacher before taking up his position.
How to take part
Everyone has a favorite teacher, so why not reach out to them on World Teachers’ Day and show your appreciation? You can also help spread awareness about the importance of the holiday and the complexity of the work of a teacher by organizing parties, making donations to educational organizations, and telling others about the day. Let’s make sure every teacher knows how much they are appreciated!
When is World Teachers’ Day in 2023?
World Teachers’ Day is observed on October 5 each year.