Teacher’s Day: Without whom, we would know so little!

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Teacher's Day 2023: Without whom, we would know so little!

As the autumn breeze carries whispers of change, there comes a day when classrooms resonate with laughter, appreciation, and a sense of gratitude. It’s Teacher’s Day – a day when students across the nation come together to honor the guiding lights who illuminate their paths of knowledge and growth.

Teacher’s Day: A Day of Celebration and Gratitude

Teacher’s Day, celebrated on the 5th of September in India, holds a profound significance. It’s the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, an eminent philosopher, scholar, and the second President of India. But rather than celebrating his own birthday, Dr. Radhakrishnan suggested that the day be dedicated to teachers. His humility and reverence for educators transformed his birthday into a day of honoring those who shape young minds and futures.

Walking in the Footsteps of Legends

India’s history is adorned with the names of teachers who left an indelible mark on the nation’s intellectual fabric. One such luminary was Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, fondly known as the “Missile Man of India.” He wasn’t just a scientist; he was a dedicated teacher who believed in fostering a scientific temperament among the youth. His teachings transcended the classroom, inspiring countless young minds to reach for the stars.

Another illustrious figure was Dr. Radhakrishnan himself, who exemplified the ideals of a teacher-scholar. His teachings emphasized the importance of learning as a journey towards self-discovery and enlightenment. He believed that a teacher should not merely transmit information but should ignite a spark of curiosity that fuels lifelong learning.

The Guiding Stars in Children’s Lives

Imagine a world without teachers – a world devoid of the patient guidance that shapes young minds into critical thinkers, compassionate individuals, and responsible citizens. Teachers are not just conveyors of facts; they are architects of dreams, sculptors of character, and companions on the voyage of discovery.

Great teachers have an uncanny ability to see the potential in each child, even when they may doubt themselves. They inspire confidence, nurture creativity, and provide a safe space for students to explore and express. Their impact extends far beyond textbooks; they instill life skills, values, and a love for learning that endures.

The Importance of Great Teachers

Children are like young saplings, yearning for nurturing care to grow tall and strong. Great teachers provide the fertile soil in which these saplings thrive. They water the seeds of curiosity, helping children embrace the beauty of questioning and exploration. They shield them from the harsh winds of doubt, and in doing so, help them weather life’s storms.

A great teacher can transform a classroom into a magical realm where learning is an adventure, where mistakes are stepping stones, and where the horizon of possibilities stretches endlessly. They encourage children to dream big, to aim high, and to believe in their own potential.

In a world where children are exposed to a myriad of influences, a great teacher becomes a compass, guiding them toward ethical choices, empathy, and kindness. They impart values that transcend grades, nurturing citizens who will shape a better world.

As we celebrate Teacher’s Day, let us embrace the spirit of gratitude for the torchbearers of knowledge. Let us remember the giants whose teachings continue to echo in our hearts and minds. Let us recognize the efforts of our great teachers at Smile Foundation centres who aren’t just educators but are also the architects of the future.

  1. Soma Roy
Soma Roy interacting with kids at the Mission Education (ME) centre

“School can change lives, and this school is like a light of hope for these children and their families. I’m their teacher, and I won’t give up. My wish is to create a good place for them to find out how amazing they can be.

I know that each child is unique, so I make my lessons interesting and adapt them to what the students need. I use local stories, songs, and traditions to make learning fun and relatable. For me, education is not just about books; it’s also about values, life skills, and instilling a sense of pride in where you come from.”, shares Soma Roy

Soma Roy is a teacher at Smile Foundation’s Mission Education centre – IPER in Kolkata, West Bengal

2. Arpita Saha

Arpita Saha in her classroom

“The sheer wonder and excitement that radiate from their innocent faces as they grasp a concept, solve a problem, or pronounce a new word is a gift that fills my soul with immense happiness. It’s as if I am granted a front-row seat to witness the unfolding of their intellectual growth and the blossoming of their potential.

As a primary school teacher, I am blessed with the privilege of shaping young minds and igniting curiosity within them. Through their achievements, I am reminded that education goes beyond textbooks and grades. It is about instilling a love for learning, nurturing their confidence, and cultivating a thirst for knowledge that will accompany them throughout their lives.”

Arpita Saha is a teacher at Smile Foundation’s Mission Education in Diamond Harbour in South 24 Paraganas District in West Bengal.

3. Angila

Every child loves their teacher, Angila

“I take immense pride in being a teacher – the impact I have on shaping a society that values education makes me passionate about my profession. I strive to be more than just a teacher; my dedication and care for my students go beyond the subjects I teach in the classroom.

By creating an environment where students feel valued, inspired, and supported, I am determined to be a positive role model. I understand that every student is unique, and discovering their individual potential is what matters most to me. That’s why I’m constantly seeking ways to innovate and improve my teaching methods to effectively convey fundamental concepts and ignite a love for learning.”

Angila is a teacher at Smile Foundation’s Mission Education Centre – Shiksha Kendra in Gurugram, Haryana

Madhumitha teaching kids at the centre

“My father had a terrible accident and lost his job, leaving us in a desperate situation. With my mother working as a domestic worker, her hard-earned wages sustained our family. Facing a financial crisis, the idea of dropping out of school and finding work seemed inevitable. But then, a ray of hope entered my life. With my remedial teacher’s support, I completed my higher secondary education and even got into college.

I completed my education and became a teacher at the very centre that once helped me. As a first-generation learner, I am breaking the cycle of limited opportunities in my family. I am pursuing a Diploma in Paramedical course while dedicating myself to inspiring and empowering my students.

Smile Foundation has shown me the power of education in overcoming barriers and achieving dreams. With their continued support, I am determined to make a lasting impact on the lives of many more children, giving them a chance to dream and achieve.”

Madhumitha is a teacher at Smile Foundation’s Mission Education centre – Iniya Udaiyam Charitable Trust in Tiruvallur, Chennai.

Honoring the Mind Makers this Teacher’s Day

On this special day, let us honor the heroes who sculpt minds and touch hearts, for their influence is felt not just in classrooms but in the tapestry of our lives. As we thank our teachers, we are reminded that their legacy lives on in every achievement, every dream realized, and every life they’ve touched.

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