Teachers Day 2020 - Teachers Day Important Date, Significance, History, Quotes & Teachers Day Wishes

Teachers Day: Teachers Day is observed on 5 September 2020 to acknowledge the challenges, hardships, and the special role played by the teachers in our lives. Teachers' Day is celebrated to raise the status of teachers in society. It is observed to honour teachers for their contributions in shaping life. Get more information about the History of Teachers' Day, Importance, about Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Quotes, and Teachers' Day wishes from this article.

Suganya | Updated Sep 04, 2020 10:52 AM

Teachers Day 2020 - Teachers Day Important Date, Significance, History, Quotes & Teachers Day Wishes

Teachers' Day 2020

Teachers' Day is observed on 5 September in India every year. Teachers' Day is to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was a believer in education. He was a well-known diplomat, scholar, President of India, and above all, a teacher. Teachers' Day is celebrated to respect and honour the teachers in India and across the world.

What is the History of Teachers' Day?

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan became the President of India in 1962. Some of his friends and students approached him and requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday, which was on 5the September. Dr. S. Radhakrishnan replied that it would be his privilege if 5th September is celebrated as Teachers' Day. This request of the President of India showcased Dr. S. Radhakrishnan's affection and dedication for teachers. From then onwards, Teachers' Day is celebrated on 5th September. The day is being observed since 1962, the year when he has assumed the post of the President of India. Dr. Radhakhrishnan also believed that the teachers should be the best minds in the country.

What is the Importance of celebrating Teachers' Day?

The Teachers' Day is celebrated to respect and recognize the contribution of all the teachers for their hard work. The day is to thank and honour the endless contribution offered by the teachers in shaping a student’s educational life. Teachers' Day is dedicated to all the teachers, mentors, and gurus who guide the students to become better human beings. Teacher’s day is celebrated over 100 countries across the world, on different days. Teacher’s Day celebrations in different countries of the world have started during the 20th century. 

About Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Dr.Radhakrishnan was born on 5 September 1888. He studied and worked as a professor in many education institutions. He spent his life as an academic, including Calcutta University, Mysore University, Oxford University, University of Chicago, and Madras Presidency College. He held many degrees including an M.A., D.Litt. (Hony.), LL.D., D.C.L, Litt.D., D.L, F.R.S.L, F.B.A., and was an Honorary Fellow of All Souls College (Oxford University). 

He was one of the most eminent scholars of the 20th century. He wrote the famous book "The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore" that attracted global attention to Indian philosophy and the Indian way of thinking. Dr.S.Radhakrishnan served as the first Vice President and second President of India. He served as Vice President from 1952-1962 and he served as the President of India from 1962-1967. 

In 1954, Dr.Radhakrishnan was awarded the Bharat Ratna award. He was nominated 27 times for Nobel Prize, 16 times for the Nobel prize in literature, and 11 times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

World Teacher’s Day

Since 1994, UNESCO started observing Teacher’s day on 5 October. The special occasion is celebrated to show respect for great thinkers/educators and a great personality who contributed selflessly in the promotion of education in their respective countries. Teacher’s day is celebrated on a different day across the world:

Brazil - 15th October
New Zealand - 29th October
Malaysia - 16th May
Sri Lanka - 6th October
Germany - 5th October
India - 5th September
Pakistan - 5th October
China - 10th September

How to celebrate Teachers' Day 2020?

Teachers' day is to wish and thank the teachers who played a major role in educating and building you. On this occasion, you can remember the teachers who taught you and thank them. You can appreciate their contribution to the overall development of the student.

  • Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, you can call your favourite teacher and wish them.

  • Send your teacher a gift on this special day.

  • You can write about them in your blog and tell them how special the teachers are in your life.

  • You can hold virtual events and share your ideas in improving the Indian education system.

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Quotes

“The true teachers are those who help us think for ourselves.” - Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

“Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if 5 September is observed as Teachers' Day.” - Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

“The worst sinner has a future, even as the greatest saint has had a past. No one is so good or bad as he imagines.” - Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

“When we think we know we cease to learn.” - Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

“Man is a paradoxical being-the constant glory and scandal of this world.” - Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

“Love thy neighbor as thyself because you are your neighbor. It is illusion that makes you think that your neighbor is someone other than yourself.” - Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

“God is the Soul of all souls - The Supreme Soul - The Supreme Consciousness.” - Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

“Religion is behavior and not mere belief.” - Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

“True religion is a revolutionary force: it is an inveterate enemy of oppression, privilege, and injustice.” - Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

My ambition is not only to chronicle but to interpret and reveal the movement of the mind and unfold the sources of India in the profound plane of human nature. - Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Teachers' Day Quotes

The great Indian teacher and philosopher like whom there had not been anyone till now. He conquered the world conqueror Sikandra with his diplomacy and made Chandragupta Maurya the king. - Chanakya

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose. Bill Gates

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. William Arthur Ward

A teacher who loves learning earns the right and the ability to help others learn.” ― Ruth Beechick

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. - APJ Abdul Kalam

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. Malala Yousafzai

Teachers' Day Wishes

You are not only our teacher, You are our friend, philosopher, and guide. All molded into one person. We will always be grateful for your support. Happy Teachers’ Day!

I am indebted to you, for life. Happy Teachers' Day!

Thanks for being an excellent educator and a friend simultaneously. Happy Teachers' Day!

You are not just a teacher to me, you are also an inspiration. Lucky to have you as a guide. Happy Teachers' Day!

You are a hero in my book. Happy Teachers' Day wishes to you!

Dear teacher, you have been a great mentor. Thanks and a very Happy Teachers' Day!

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Teachers' Day - FAQ

1. When is World Teacher's Day observed?

World Teacher's Day is observed on 5 October every year. UNESCO has proclaimed 5 October to be World Teachers’ Day in 1994. It aimed to celebrate the great step made for teachers on 5 October 1966, when a special intergovernmental conference convened by UNESCO in Paris adopted the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, in cooperation with the ILO.

2. When was the first Teacher's Day observed in India?

The first Teachers' Day was celebrated in India in 1962 on September 5. It marks the birth anniversary of Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

3. What is the theme of World Teachers Day 2019?

The Theme of World Teachers Day 2019 is "Young Teachers: The Future of the Profession". Its aim is to suggest government to make teaching a profession of the first choice for young people.