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A teacher is just like a candle who consumes itself to enlighten the way of others (Anonymous).

Teachers are at the heart of the educational process. The greater the importance attached to education as a whole - whether for cultural transmission, for social cohesion and justice, or for human resource development so critical in modern, technology-based economies - the higher is the priority that must be accorded to the teachers responsible for that education.

The World Teacher’s day is celebrated on 5th October of every year by UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). UNESCO believes that education, culture and communication are the means to build peace in the world. UNESCO inaugurated World Teacher’s Day in 1994 to focus attention on the contributions and achievements of teachers, and to highlight teacher’s concerns and priorities regarding education in the society. On 5th October 1996, a special intergovernmental conference adopted the UNESCO recommendations concerning the Status of Teachers and then the 5th October of every year is celebrated as Teacher’s Day.

Teacher’s professional knowledge and skills are the most important factor for quality education. Quality education offers hope and the promise of a better standard of living. There is no stronger foundation for lasting peace and sustainable development than a quality education provided by well trained, valued, supported and motivated teachers.

There is huge shortage of professional, well-trained and well supported teachers to achieve better quality education and i.e. there is a need to celebrate the World Teacher’s Day. The challenge of recruiting teachers does not exist in the numbers but also the quality teachers. Often, teachers remain under-qualified, poorly paid and with low status.

Teacher’s professional knowledge and skills are the most important factor for quality education. It is the teacher who pays valuable contribution in the society by imparting knowledge and enlightening and shaping the career of students. Teachers explore the fertile mind of young children and plant the seed of curiosity in them. This inculcates the values of self-learning, exploration, and philosophical inquiry.

A teacher gently touches the fertile mind of young children and sows the seed of curiosity in them. In early minds of students, it inculcates the value of self learning, exploration and philosophical facts. A teacher can spark the brain of a child to ignite to unimaginable heights, enthuses to become teacher, engineer, doctor, politician, administrator and participant in the development of nation.

Just like to World Teacher’s Day, Teacher’s Day celebrations in India Teacher’s Day is celebrated on 5th September of every in the honour of Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, a prominent thinker, philosopher and educator in India. The 5th September is also the birth anniversary of Dr. Radhakrishnan.  In China every 10th September is celebrated as Teacher’s Day.

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