SEPTEMBER 5 – NATIONAL TEACHERS DAY

Teacher’s day is celebrated across India on 5th September, every year, which is also the birthday of former President, teacher, educator and scholar Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

The former President was born in the year 1882 to a Telugu Brahmin family in Tirutani in Andhra Pradesh. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (5 September 1888 – 17 April 1975) was an Indian philosopher and statesman who was the first Vice President of India (1952–1962) and the second President of India from 1962 to 1967.

A highly educated man of his times, Dr.Radhakrishnan did his Masters in Philosophy from University of Madras, after which he went on to teach in University of Mysore and University of Calcutta.

Dr. Radhakrishnan was an achiever, a humanitarian and an inspiration to the youth. He was awarded several high awards during his life, including a knighthood in 1931, the Bharat Ratna in 1954, was given  a honorary membership of the British Royal Order of Merit in 1963. Not only this, he was nominated eleven times for the Nobel Peace Prize throughout his lifetime.

He was also one of the founders of Helpage India, a non profit organization for elderly underprivileged in India. Radhakrishnan believed that “teachers should be the best minds in the country”.

He was loved by all his students and was known to be a wonderful, interactive and approachable teacher. He was ever ready to help and was always there for his students. There could be no better day to celebrate our teachers than his birth anniversary.

Since 1962, his birthday is being celebrated in India as Teachers’ Day on 5 September.

INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS DAY – OCTOBER 5

World Teachers’ Day, also known as International Teachers Day, is held annually on October 5. Established in 1994, it commemorates the signing of the 1966 “Teaching in Freedom”.

“Empowering Teachers” is the theme of this year’s (2017) World Teachers’ Day, celebrated around the world since 1994 after the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.

Its aim is to focus on “appreciating, assessing and improving the educators of the world” and to provide an opportunity to consider issues related to teachers and teaching.Students and others prepare an ocassion for teachers.

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