Vietnamese Teachers’ Day origin
On January 1946, an organization dedicated solely for educational employments called FISE (Féderation International Syndicale des Enseignants) was established in Paris, France.
In 1949, at Vacsava international conference, the FISE organization officially announced a charter regarding teachers and educational employees that included 15 chapters in total. The charter’s content mainly revolved around the fight between modern education systems against its bourgeois and feudal counterpart; protecting the legitimate substantial and mental rights of everyone involvements in educational field.
Form the 26th to 30th of August 1957, FISE had 57 countries in total participations, including Vietnam. In the end, Vietnam decided to choose November 20th annually as its Teachers’ Day.
“So this Teachers’ Day – forget the bad, horrible, mean teachers and pay your respects to the people who make your lives richer with knowledge, smarter with skills and wiser with good words about life and how to become the person you are destined to be.” Said Stivi Cooke – an English teacher based in central Vietnam.
Vietnamese’s Teachers’ Day is a very meaningful and noble day.
On November 20th 1982, the first nationwide celebration was grandly held. From that day on, the particular 20th has become one of the most traditional and important day for its country education sector, honoring every single individual that has contributed to the development of said sector and their achievements to grow the new future, their students.
Students from all around the country showing their respects by either giving gifts or revising their old mentors and proudly present their successes in life to show gratitude’s and let their mentors know that their efforts has not been in vain. Not only students, parents and the government also take time and efforts to honor and celebrate everyone in the education field. The celebration is not limited solely in words but also in mass media and all sorts of real life means.
“Respected moral venerated teacher” is also ways in the Vietnamese’s mind as a way to remember who they are, how they came to be and that their successes are not their own but many other’s as well. With that, let’s us all joins hand and make the most out of the upcoming holiday.
“Having worked with a lot of local educational institutions, I know firsthand what it’s like to teach big classes of thirty or forty students with only overhead fans to keep us from dying on our textbooks. It’s quite embarrassing for me to teach with sweat running down my face and chalk spattered across my nice shirt – it ruins my credibility.” Stivi Cooke added.