“Teachers are the backbone of any country, the pillar upon which all aspirations are converted into realities” –APJ Abdul Kalam
Story of Teachers’ Day
September 5th: Teachers’ day in India is observed on the 5th of September every year. It marks the birthday of India’s greatest scholar, philosopher, Bharat Ratna awardee, and former president Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
Dr. Radhakrishnan was born on 5th September 1888, Tiruttani of Chittoor District erstwhile Madras Presidency.
Born to a family that wasn’t gifted well financially, Radhakrishnan managed to always top in school and go to the best Universities and Colleges through scholarships.
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was the second President of India, had said: “teachers should be the best minds in the country.” Students across the country honor this belief of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
The story behind Teachers’ Day goes that when Dr. Radhakrishan took the office of the second President of India in 1962, his students approached him to seek permission to celebrate September 5 as a special day. Dr. Radhakrishnan instead requested of them to observe September 5 as Teachers’ Day, to recognize the contribution of teachers to the society.
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan who was a teacher par excellence followed Buddhist philosopher Nagarjun’s Sutram in Pali — ‘Shikshanam Shrenitam, Rida Shesham’ (teaching is the noblest profession and the rest doesn’t matter) — as his motto in life. This motto signifies the pivotal role that a teacher plays even though the medium has transformed into a virtual one.
This motto is so universal that it makes even more sense now with everything being online. The students continue to learn and educate themselves. If you ask how? Well… the answer is in just one word, ‘TEACHERS’.
It is always said that parents give birth to us with wings but teachers teach us how to use them. So like APJ Abdul Kalam said teachers help make dreams into reality.
Every year students do a role change and perform on stage for teachers, give speeches, and in a lot of schools and colleges students dress up as teachers and monitor the younger kids so that the teachers can enjoy the show.
This year, unfortunately, COVID hit and everything has been shifted online because of which there might not be any live performances but it GEN Z, of course, they will come up with a way to make their teachers feel special on THEIR DAY!
In Guwahati, Assam the state has found a way to celebrate its teachers by including about 150 participants in Srimanta Sankardev International Auditorium at Kalakhetra in Panjabari. The state will celebrate its teachers by giving them awards of excellence.
They have also taken the initiative to ask school children to write letters to their favorite teachers on the subject, ‘My teacher, My inspiration.’ The letters will be dropped in drop boxes at schools and the letters will be posted online on websites.
Talking about inspiration, teachers must never be taken for granted. This generation is known to be tech-savvy but it cannot be expected out of everyone. Teachers are doing their best to learn everything about the internet and online classes so that they can make it more interesting for the students.
Teachers who used to use whiteboards and charts to explain lessons are now using videos, PPTs, and animation to make it interesting for the students. Not just this, teachers also are taking time to watch videos learn and are trying their hands on the innovations and ‘Jugaad‘ JUST to make sure students are interested.
Although Teachers Day is just celebrated on one day, they must be celebrated every day. Since their efforts to impart wisdom always stays the same or increases.
Dear Teachers, Thanks for inspiring hope in us; Igniting our imagination; And instilling in us – a love of learning. Happy Teacher’s Day 2020!
So, with that note Happy Teachers Day to all the wonderful teachers out there!
Students of 2020