Teacher Appreciation Around the World

Karl A. Menninger once said “What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.” Teachers should be celebrated for what they really are, and be appreciated for their efforts by honouring their special contributions to a particular field or the community in general.

The idea of celebrating Teacher’s Day arose independently in many countries during the 20th century. In most cases, a local educator or an important milestone in education was celebrated which is the main reason for countries not having a common Teacher’s Day throughout the world. Teacher’s Day is celebrated all over the world although the date and manner of celebration varies from country to country.

As we draw closer to the end of another year, we note that celebrations are still taking place around the world. In the US, the entire first week of May is observed as Teacher’s Appreciation Week while the last day of that week is celebrated as Teacher’s Day. Since then, many South American and European nations have celebrated those who are part of one of the world’s noblest professions. Take a look at the infographic below; even if you missed the opportunity to thank a teacher in your own country, you may find reason to celebrate all teachers do for their students around the world.