Vietnamese Teacher’s Day

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Teachers’ Day is a special day for the appreciation of teachers’ contributions to the education of a country. Vietnamese Teacher’s Day (‘Ngày Nhà giáo Việt Nam’) is held on the 20th of November annually.

How Did It Begin?

In July 1946, an international organization of educators was established in Paris, namely the International Federation Union of Teachers (Fédération Internationale Syndicale des Enseignants – FISE).

In 1949, at a conference in Warsaw (the capital of Poland), the International Federation Union Teachers issued a 15-chapter of “Charter of Teachers” with the main content of protecting the rights of teaching and teachers, the responsibility and position of the act of teaching and the teachers.

The Vietnam Education Federation, a member of FISE since 1953, decided at a meeting of the FISE in 1957 in Warsaw to choose the 20th of November 1958 as the International Charter of Teachers Day. This date was first held throughout the North of Vietnam. Years later, it was held in many liberated areas in the South of Vietnam. When Vietnam was finally unified, this day has become the traditional day of education in Vietnam. On September 28, 1982, the Council of Ministers (now the Government) issued Decision No. 167-HDBT to establish November 20th as the Vietnamese Teachers’ Day.
Teacher’s Day Celebration in 1986 (Photo: anhdepquangdinh.vn)

The Celebration of Vietnamese Teachers’ Day

On the Teacher’s Day, many competitions and performances are prepared by the students throughout Vietnam to show their appreciation for the teachers on the school’s stage. These performances include singing, traditional dancing, contemporary dancing, orchestra performing, etc. Sometimes the school performances become more exciting with the presence of famous singers, some of whom are former students of the schools.

A famous singer performing at his old school on Teacher’s Day (Photo: baomoi.com)

Besides, the giving of flowers (red roses) and presents are very common among students of all ages. Young children in kindergartens and primary schools are often taught to make little presents such as cards or flowers to give their teachers. Some of junior or senior students offer flowers and presents to their teachers at class, but some visit their teachers’ homes to express their appreciation and honor for the teachers’ roles in their lives. Some students also organize a field trip with their teachers and classmates. Even former students set aside their busy work to pay respect to their former teachers on this special day.

A poster made for Teacher’s Day (Photo: Facebook)

Vietnamese Teacher’s Day is one of the most important national dates in Vietnam. There is a common saying passed down from generation to generation – “Uống nước nhớ nguồn” (“When you eat a fruit, think of the man who planted the tree.”) Our understanding and view on the world are mainly affected and supported by the knowledge given by the teachers. Therefore, their contributions should be honored and remembered for the rest of our lives, even when we are not students anymore.

Photo: http://anhdepquangdinh.vn

In some days before and on the date November 20th, you can notice the special atmosphere surrounding the schools from North to South. Red roses paint the school with the color of love, and especially, the happiness and excitement faces of both teachers and students truly fill the school with LOVE.

Photo: http://infonet.vn

Teachers’ Days in Other Countries

      Korea:

  • Date: 15 May
  • Origin: Started by a group of Red Cross youth team members who visited their sick ex-teachers in hospitals.
  • Activities: teachers are usually presented with carnations by their students and graduates.
Photo: kore.am

      India:

  • Date: full moon day (Purnima) in the Hindu month of Ashadha (June–July) and 5 September
  • Origin: The word Guru is derived from two words, gu (darkness or ignorance) and ru (the remover of that darkness.) Gurus, the persons who remove the darkness of our ignorance, are believed by many to be the most necessary part of life.
  • Activities: On this day, disciples offer pooja (worship) or pay respect to their Guru (spiritual guide). Indian academics celebrate this day by thanking their teachers as well as remembering past teachers and scholars.
Photo: firstpost.com

      United States:

  • Date: On Tuesday during Teacher Appreciation Week, which takes place in the first full week of May.
  • Origin: The NEA and its affiliates continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985, when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week in the first full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day. As of 4 November 1976, 6 November was adopted as Teachers’ Day in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. Currently, Massachusetts sets the first Sunday of June as its own Teachers’ Day annually.
  • Activities: the activities on this day varies between schools. There could be performances prepared by students for the teachers or small handmade gifts.
Photo: quanhta.com.vn

Wikipedia (Full list)

As you can see, there are so many different ways to celebrate Teacher’s Day all over the world, but they all have one thing in common: the great appreciation towards the amazing teachers, people who are working hard every day to bring about the best in all of us.

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