The genesis of the “Teacher Day” dates back to October 5, 1966, when a special intergovernmental conference adopted the UNESCO recommendations concerning the Status of Teachers, in Paris, France. Nearly after 3 decades, on October 5, 1994, the first World Teachers’ Day was observed. The event has gradually picked up its momentum based on its degree of societal influence and mutated into an international annual episode of educational festivity since then.
Today, it is observed in almost all the nations across the world, to either, highlight the staunch educational figure of the nation or to commemorate a pulsating milestone that captured the DNA of the nation’s educational endeavor.
In Bhutan, the Teachers’ Day is observed annually on the 2nd of May, to pay our humble tribute to His Late Majesty the 3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is popularly revered as the “Father of Modern Bhutan”. On this same day, His Majesty was born in the modest two-storey building of the Thruepang Palace in Trongsa in 1928. His Majesty the 3rd Druk Gyalpo has opened the door to the world by introducing the modern education (English as the instructional medium) after a long period of an intended isolation that secured the country independent throughout the history. And if today, Bhutan is proud of her sovereignty and educational triumph, the credit certainly goes to Late Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
|3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck with his son, 4th King Jigme Singye Wangchuck (Photo Courtesy: Click LINK)|
The day is also commemorated as the Teachers’ Day. On the joyous occasion of this affair, the nation draws together to honor the spectacular contributions made by the teachers in educating the gems of the nation’s future, the youth, and picture the lasting ripples they create in the ocean of children’s life. Students take primary roles in running the errands of the day with great festivities, composed of traditional and cultural dances, gratitude and appreciation speeches and much more.
But more than that, as a majority of us fails to do, Teachers’ Day is a precise moment for us (parents in particular) to reflect the denseness of this so-called noble profession. It is the day to reflect that educating our children is a shared responsibility. We have to erase that conventional thinking that, educating our child is wholly the duty of teachers, simply because the child spends 9 months in the school. Educating our children should be a shared responsibility for both parents and teachers in the ratio of 50 over 50. Instead of accusing teachers for our child’s poor performance, we have to in unison, find solutions to make the situations better. We should not forget that teachers are also NOT immune to some unfair criticisms and that, they are also a mortal machine like anyone of us, made of flesh and blood. Teachers do not possess any magical wand to create a fairy-tale overnight on our child’s performance because they do not give them the fish, rather they educate them with the skills to fish for their whole lifetime. And to observe and realize that fishing skills, one has to patiently wait for some years. Teachers come in various shapes and sizes, capacity and caliber. Not all can influence our children at the same degree but, they certainly can influence in their own caliber and pace.
I am grateful to my teachers for what I am today. They were the beacon of my inspiration and engine of my success. I thank them for providing the right light into the darkest tunnel of my life. Whatever accomplishments I achieved today is in fact truly the manifestation of their hard work and energy. And gracefully, with their prayers intact, I have completed my postgraduate degree without sustaining any professional injuries.
|My thesis titled: "Development of a Guided Inquiry Laboratory to Enhance Students' Understanding of Law of Mechanical Energy Conservation"|
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops” – Henry Brooks Adams