A very good morning to one and all present here. Today, I will be giving a short speech on the topic of ‘Teachers Day’.
Teachers day is celebrated on the 5th of September every year. Before we going into the day as such, allow me to elaborate on who teachers are.
Google defines a teacher to be “a person who teaches, especially in a school.” Wikipedia, meanwhile, states as follows: “A teacher, also called a schoolteacher or formally an educator, is a person who helps students to acquire knowledge, competence, or virtue, via the practice of teaching. Informally the role of teacher may be taken on by anyone.”
But, is this all a teacher is?
Teachers, in real life, are so much more than that. They are an integral part of each and everyone’s life and a good teacher would help shape one’s life as well! A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has in fact said, “Teachers are the backbone of any country, the pillar upon which all aspirations are converted into realities.”
Teachers are very important in every one of our lives as they play a crucial role in shaping who we are. More than teaching what is prescribed in the syllabus, good teachers go above and beyond, teaching us about life values, what is right and what is wrong, effectively serving as our faithful guides and companions. Albert Einstein has, in fact, said “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Indeed, teachers invoke curiosity in us from a very young age, shaping and moulding us for the better.
In this light, every year, teachers day is commemorated on the birth anniversary of the second president of India, Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was a great philosopher, teacher and scholar.
Kalam has also said “Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honour for me.” Hail teachers!