Did you know that according to UNESCO 5th October is the ‘International Teachers Day’. We all know that India celebrates Teachers Day every year on 5th September on the birth anniversary of our former President S. Radhakrishnan. Most of the countries, since 1994 celebrates it on 5th October to promote the noble profession of teaching and also to mark the signing “Teaching in Freedom” pact in 1966 at a a special intergovernmental conference held in Paris.
United States Observes Teacher Appreciation Day on first Tuesday of May
The first Tuesday of May every year is celebrated as Teacher Appreciation Day in United States after it was voted to change the date from 7th March in 1980. However history says that in 1944 an Arkansas teacher, Mattye Whyte Woodridge had suggested the idea of a ‘Teachers Day’ to the then First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt.
China Celebrates its Teachers Day on September 10th
To facilitate and honour the contribution of their teachers, China observes September 10 as Teachers Day. It is also an official holiday on that day.
Colombia, Mexico celebrate Teachers Day on May 15th
Columbia and Mexico have been celebrating this day on 15th May since 1950 to honour the contribution of a French Priest Jean Baptiste De La Salle who worked towards educational reforms and also provided free education to the poor children of France. He was also appointed as patron saint of all teachers by Pope Pius XII.
Countries that Celebrate October 5 as Teachers Day
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Estonia, Germany, Lithuania,
Macedonia, Maldives, Mauritius, Republic of Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Kuwait, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, United Arab Emirates.