Today is World Teachers’ Day 2011

October 5th, 2011 - 6:41 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington, Oct 5 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Teachers all over the world will be honored today (the 5th of October) for their contribution to society. Teachers play enormous role in society and civilization so it is no wonder that the day has been set aside as the World Teachers’ Day to recognize them.

The theme for the 2011 observation is “Teachers for Gender Equality”. The celebration of the day was instituted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Some countries however observe the day on different dates.

The differences in dates arise because some countries have special days which they use to recognize certain individuals who played significant roles in the development of education in the country. A classic example is India. The country marks Teachers’ Day on the birthday of former president Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

Radhakrishnan was an academician and one of the most revered figures in India. He was born on the 5th of September 1888 and that day has been set aside as the Teachers’ Day in the country. However most of the countries in the world celebrate the day on the 5th of October. India has marked the day since 1962.

UNESCO will mark this year’s event at the organization’s headquarters.

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