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Teachers’ Day and the importance of educators

Teachers are the greatest influencers in human history. They are the ones who have nurtured and shaped the most brilliant minds of all times. It was necessary to recognize the work of teachers everywhere on the planet, which is why UNESCO declared May 7 as a day dedicated to honoring their invaluable work. Show more

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Examining any teacher’s first aid kit: tons of books, a big blackboard, some rulers, and an apple a day

Teacher’s Day Color Palette

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  • HEX rgb(141, 181, 147)
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Dark Sea Green, a very natural hue with a soothing effect

Dark Sea Green is a light shade of green. It is a subtle hue of spring green that resembles the tints of seawater. Because of its similarity to the tone of the water, this color has always been associated with nature and plants. It has a soothing effect, so it has been widely used in school buildings and furniture. This is so because this type of sea green was a very good indicator for our ancestors: it was a clear symbol of a place with plenty of food and water, making survival possible. Add a touch of Dark Sea Green to your projects, kids and teachers can benefit from the calmness it triggers.

  • HEX rgb(242, 184, 7)
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Orange yellow, the lovely and beautiful color of marigolds

Orange yellow is found in nature: it’s the color of the sunbeams just before sunset. It is also the color of marigolds, an important flower for some American cultures. For example, Mexicans use it to prepare a medicinal type of tea. Other types of marigold such as pot marigold are present in Day of the Dead celebrations too. Likewise, they are important in countries like Ukraine, as they are one of its national symbols, and in India. Psychologically speaking, orange yellow combines the energy and positivity of the two shades that are contained in this color. It’s the perfect hue to express happiness, enthusiasm, and warmth.

  • HEX rgb(242, 80, 93)
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Sizzling red, the color of Cripps Pink apples

Sizzling red is the color of Cripps Pink apples, also known as Pink Lady. This pink red shade can affect your mood, as it has the ability to catch your attention, but it also motivates and stimulates. Sizzling red is also used to convey a feeling of confidence, energy, and inner strength. Being the color of a type of apple, sizzling red is the perfect tone for this Teachers’ Day color palette. This color can motivate any pupil; it’s a call to action and a burst of energy for students. Add sizzling red to your Teachers’ Day designs, posters, and creations and feel the power of teaching and learning.

  • HEX rgb(48, 113, 242)
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Blue crayola, the color of intelligence, knowledge, and wisdom

Blue crayola is a very bright color that exudes calmness, trust, and intelligence. It’s the perfect hue for students and teachers, as it represents wisdom, integrity, serenity, and reflection. All of them are key in the process of learning and teaching. Blue crayola also conveys that the person who wears it is dependable and trustworthy. On top of that, it gives an impression of authority. This is why it is very used for job interviews and in the professional arena. Add blue crayola to your creations, designs and projects to make your students feel the peacefulness and warmth of the cloudless skies.

  • HEX rgb(34, 105, 49)
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Dartmouth big green, the color of learning

In honor of Teacher’s Day, it is only fitting to recognize the one color that stands for excellence in education and learning – Dartmouth big green. Named after its adoption by Dartmouth College in the 19th century, this timeless hue has come to represent educational excellence, growth, and development. Dartmouth big green is a bold and vibrant shade that embodies the spirit of learning and innovation. It encourages us to go further, challenge ourselves and strive for success. As the color of knowledge, Dartmouth big green helps us stay inspired and motivated in the classroom while giving teachers an enthusiastic reminder of the importance of their work.

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Learn a little history about World Teachers’ Day, from Dr. Radhakrishnan in India to UNESCO

Teachers have been educating their students since the beginning of time. While today’s teachers often work in classrooms with blackboards and large class sizes, the tradition of honoring educators dates back to ancient Greece with figures who symbolized knowledge and wisdom. But when did we officially begin to celebrate and commemorate the work of our educators?

1962

The importance of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan in India

The origin of Teachers’ Day begins with Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan in 1962. Dr. Radhakrishnan was a famous Indian philosopher and politician who worked for the education of women and children, even those belonging to the lower classes. His hard work was rewarded with a lecturer position at the Department of Philosophy at Madras Presidency College. Subsequently, in 1918, the University of Mysore selected him as Professor of Philosophy, a huge achievement for him. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s prestigious academic career led him to become the first vice president of India, and later the president of the country. After his career as a professor, Dr. Radhakrishnan assumed the presidency. Many of the students he had during his academic life proposed that his birthday, September 5, be celebrated. Instead of celebrating his birthday, he preferred celebrating a day devoted to all the teachers in the world.

1966

UNESCO & ILO published the Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers

World teachers’ responsibilities and rights

The publication of the Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers was an inflection point for educators. It was a compendium of their rights and responsibilities, among others. This text, published by the UNESCO and International Labour Organization (ILO) committee of experts, also included other issues like training, professional freedom, salaries, working hours, recruitment, and promotions. Another primary aim was to recognize the essential role of educators and their significant contribution to society. The contents of this 1966 text were further elaborated upon by UNESCO, creating the Recommendation Concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel, published in 1997.

October 5, 1994

The proclamation of World Teachers’ Day

Celebrating the anniversary of the Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers of 1966

After the recommendations of 1966, the UNESCO committee of experts decided to proclaim World Teachers’ Day on October 5. This way, they could proclaim a day to honor and protect teachers and educators. It was also established as a way of improving teacher’s working conditions and appreciating their value and role in society. Each year, both UNESCO and Education International organize a campaign that focuses on a different theme. For example, in 2018, the theme was: “The Right to Education Means the Right to a Qualified Teacher”. Thanks to the endeavors of UNESCO, more than 100 countries commemorate this day.

2022

The transformation of education begins with teachers

Recognizing the teachers’ work and role

Poor working conditions and a lack of recognition and professional development for teachers led UNESCO to push for improvements. Each year, UNESCO presents a theme, and the previous issues were some of the matters listed for the 2022 Teachers’ Day. Apart from that, they considered the efforts made by teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The commitments made by UNESCO on Teachers’ Day are complemented by other initiatives discussed at the United Nations Transforming Education Summit. According to this summit, education needs to be student-centered, creative, and collaborative.

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The different histories of Teachers’ Day: honoring educators in USA, India, China, Mexico, and Brazil

Teachers have always been one of the most important parts of society. Countries and cultures honor educators in many ways and on different dates. Learn more about the history of Teachers’ Day in different places and the important people involved in the process: Eleanor Roosevelt, Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Confucius, Pope Pius XII, Pedro I…

USA

Teachers’ Day in the USA. The history of Teachers’ Day began in Arkansas. A teacher, Mattye Whyte Woodridge, wrote letters to different political and educational leaders in 1944. Her aim was to establish a day to appreciate educators. One of the leaders she wrote to was Eleanor Roosevelt, urging the 81st Congress to declare a National Teachers’ Day. During the 1970s, the National Education Association, the Kansas and the Indiana State Boards of Education persuaded Congress to make Teachers’ Day a national holiday. March 7 was the chosen date. Later on, in 1984, they pushed the date of National Teacher Day to the first Tuesday of May, which triggered the creation of National Teacher Appreciation Week. Just one year later, the National Education Association (NEA) changed it again and made the first Tuesday of May the National Teacher Day.

India

In India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and his important contributions are celebrated. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was a very important teacher, writer, president, and scholar who was key for establishing a national Teachers’ Day in India. Dr. Radhakrishnan was already president in 1962. In that year, some of his students and friends requested to celebrate Radhakrishna’s birthday on October 5. Instead of agreeing to this, he suggested celebrating Teachers’ Day that day. It was the beginning of this yearly tradition. The Indian celebration of Teachers’ Day comprises different competitions such as singing, dancing, and poetry. Apart from that, students also prepare other activities and games to entertain their teachers. Another key part of the celebration involves students giving Teachers’ Day gifts to their favorite teachers, such as flowers, handmade crafts, sweets, chocolate, or cards.

China

In China, Teachers' Day is celebrated on Confucius’ birthday and is marked with a powerful letter. The first attempts to establish a Teachers’ Day in China took place in the 1930s when it was proposed by some teachers, who chose June 6 as the perfect date for doing so. It was celebrated unofficially until 1949, the year of the founding of the People’s Republic. In 1939 and 2013, some people suggested changing the date to coincide with Confucius’ birthday on September 28, due to his important role as a teacher. September 28 was not a very suitable date for schools, so they decided to push it to September 10. There is another version of the story that involves a bright student named Wang Zikun. When he was a kid, a new teacher came to his small village. This educator introduced modern teaching techniques, so Wang Zikun was able to study Math at Wuhan and Peking Universities, and later earned a doctorate in Moscow. He was so thankful for the techniques of his school teacher that he decided to send a letter to the Beijing Evening News proposing a national day to honor educators… and he succeeded!

Mexico

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, Pope Pius XII, and President Venustiano Carranza: the three precursors of Teachers’ Day. In Mexico, Teachers’ Day is celebrated on May 15th. This is because of a series of historical events related to Catholicism and the initiatives of a Mexican president. Firstly, there was a saint who was a lovely teacher: Saint John Baptist de La Salle, whose feast is celebrated on October 15th. He founded the Congregation of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, which focused on teaching poor and orphaned children. Pope Pius XII named him the patron saint for educators of youth on May 15, 1945, so this day became the saint’s feast. Leaving religion aside, President Venustiano Carranza also had a lot to do with the celebration of Teachers’ Day in Mexico. President Carranza established Teachers’ Day thanks to the initiative of two people, Enrique Viesca and Benito Ramírez, in 1917. This way, the very first Mexican Teachers’ Day was celebrated in 1918. Happy Teachers’ Day, Mexico!

Brazil

Emperor Pedro I and the creation of “Primeras Letras.” Teachers’ Day is celebrated in Brazil thanks to a 16th-century emperor, Pedro I. On October 15, 1527, he passed a law to create schools of “Primeras Letras” for the lower classes. Thanks to this law, every city and town had its own school, and most kids had the opportunity to learn how to read and write. On October 15, 1947, more than 400 years later, Brazilians celebrated the very first teacher appreciation day in a little school in Sao Paulo. Because of these two important events related to education and educators, the Brazilian government declared Teacher Appreciation Day (or Teachers’ Day) in 1963. To honor their teachers, students give them cards and gifts. Parents are also involved in this celebration as they, together with schools, organize parties specially for teachers on this special day.