Odishatv Bureau

A day like Teachers' Day is one such event that is equally anticipated by students and teachers. Teachers' Day has been celebrated in India since 1962, meanwhile, World Teachers' Day is celebrated by UNESCO since 1994.  

Why does the world celebrate Teachers' Day on 5th October and India on 5th September? 

Educators worldwide are honoured on 5th October for World Teachers' Day. In partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Education International, UNESCO celebrate International Teachers' Day, also known as World Teachers' Day. Today marks the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO recommendation concerning teachers' status, their rights and responsibilities, and standards for their initial and continuing education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions. 

Meanwhile, in India, Teachers' Day is celebrated on 5th September while the rest of the world does it a month later. 5th September is the birth anniversary of the second president of India Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan who was a great philosopher, teacher and scholar. As a way to remember and celebrate his life, work, and approach to education and students, the day is known in India as Teachers' Day. 

The significance of celebrating Teachers' Day? 

This day marks the accomplishments, contributions, and efforts of teachers all over the world by identifying, celebrating, and motivating them. This day serves as a platform for policymakers and experts around the world to identify and resolve challenges facing the teaching profession. Schools around the world celebrate this day by organising cultural events or even relaxing days for their teachers. To identify problems, teachers around the world face and to brainstorm solutions to these issues, policymakers and education experts organise conferences and meetings. This day can also serve as a way to highlight the importance of quality teachers and motivate or guide future teachers. 

Students enjoy this day because it gives them a chance to recognise the efforts that their teachers put in to make sure they receive the proper education. In a similar vein, teachers also look forward to celebrating Teachers' Day as students and other agencies recognise and honour their efforts.