Why Do We Celebrate Teachers’ Day?

Dr. Anita Verma is presently the Head, Academics of Shanti Education Initiatives Limited (SEIL) and the Founder Principal of Shanti Asiatic School, Ahmedabad. She has a Master’s degree in Child Development and Family Relations and a Post Graduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling. With over 35 years of experience, she is the recipient of many awards. She was conferred with Doctor of Literature (Honoris causa) by the Open International University for Complementary Medicines at Colombo, for achievement in humanitarian services and merits of excellence.
In this article, Dr. Anita speaks of why we celebrate Teachers’ Day.  

If asked why we celebrate Teachers’ Day, I am sure most would say that we honour a great son of India, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan – an able leader, an eminent philosopher, one who rose to the post of the President of India and yet preferred to be remembered as a humble teacher. Some of us, of course, celebrate the day to show our respect to all the teachers who teach us throughout the year.

There is another reason for celebrating Teachers’ Day. Teaching is one of the noblest professions. Teachers, like parents, are those souls, who invest their lives in children’s future expecting nothing but love in return.
Teachers choose teaching over various other professions because they dream to have a different future, a future of guiding children. Teachers feel that injustices can be fought, that beauty can be created, that songs can be sung and that they can help create a difference in this world.
Thus, as they pursue these goals, they bend, break and struggle at so many different levels, pouring their lives to help students. They cry with them, laugh with them, learn from them and help them choose the right path.
Somewhere along the way they also prepare students for exams and hope that they get the very best – a job in a multinational concern, in modelling, in bureaucracy, etc., so the children can carve a successful and secure future for themselves.
On Teachers’ Day, we remember our teachers who made a difference in our lives, those who challenged our adolescent smugness, those who disturbed our calm placidity and those who nurtured our souls.