Teachers! Your day is here! I have fond memories of celebrating Teachers' day as a child. All the seniors would dress up in sarees, and shirts and mundus and come and take classes for us. Teachers are gifted a much-deserved break in many schools in India as a part of Teachers' day celebrations. Have you ever been curious about what your counterparts in other countries get as a part of Teachers' day celebrations? After all, children are quite the same around the world and teachers share many similar experiences irrespective of their nationality.
This is the first teachers day Club1BR celebrates with you, so we have decided to give you a little sneak-peek into the Teachers' day traditions in other countries.
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Teachers’ Day in the Czech Republic is celebrated on March 28th, on the birthday of Jan Amos Komensky (1592-1670), a noted educational reformer and theologian in former Czechoslovakia. He was a proponent of compulsory education for all children and noted that educating children was the state’s obligation. On this day, the country organizes the Golden Amos competition where students can nominate their favourite teachers. These teachers compete against each other in skits, comedy sketches and musical competitions before a finalist is crowned the most popular teacher in the country! Children cheer at the top of their voices for their favourite teachers and sometimes when they don’t win, even a few tears are shed!
Saint Lucia, a country in the Caribbean, doesn't celebrate a Teachers’ day. They celebrate a Teachers’ week from 4th October to 11th October, every year! A new theme is selected every year and week-long celebrations involve an annual gala, boat rides, conferences and city fairs! These festivities are based on themes like valuing teachers, empowering teachers, improving the status of teachers and the like. The country really does show that they care about their teachers!
Respecting teachers is integral to Vietnamese culture. Though Teachers’ day is celebrated on November 20th, festivities and preparations start almost a week before. Foreign teachers from western countries are often amazed at the lengths Vietnamese students go to, to honour their teachers. Students gift their favourite teachers wooden paintings carved with calligraphy, chocolates, and cupcakes! Some ex-students visit their beloved teachers and other children go on surprise leisure trips with their teachers. Even parents of young children make offerings to teachers by buying expensive gifts like perfumes and ceramics to show their gratitude!
Did you know that Lithuania, a country in Europe celebrates Teachers' Day in the exact same manner as us? Older students give teachers a day off by teaching the children in lower classes. Not only do children and teachers swap roles, but children also organize concerts, performances, and gift teachers flowers and cakes! Not just students, the whole country pays their respects to teachers on the 5th of October. There was even an instance of a big company sending a famous saxophone player to perform in a school!
In Iran, Teachers’ day is celebrated on May 2nd to honour the assassination of professor and revolutionary theologian Ayatollah Morteza Motahhari. A revered philosopher who brought enlightenment ideals to Islam and pedagogy in his country, Motahhari was killed in 1979 and is still honoured through celebrations that are conducted on the anniversary of his martyrdom.