Nicaragua Teacher's Day - June 29th
The Nicaragua Teacher’s Day
celebrated every 29th of June
has a very historical importance in the country. The said teacher appreciation day
is in memory of a great teacher Emanuel Mongalo who also died in this same date in 1855. Mongalo, during his time, initiated educational campaigns to place Nicaragua’s education campaign
in high level. However, the past administration of the Somozas (father and son) has not given priority to education development. Nicaragua education today for elementary is free but the problems of no educational facilities in rural areas has also prevented the country from improving its poor literacy status – aside from political bickering between top politicians which resulted to assassinations in the past decades.
The following are the usual activities
conducted by thousands of elementary, secondary and tertiary institutions.
There are also several schools in the country that manage to hold parties for teachers during the commemoration of teacher appreciation days
. Teachers were treated to a special program, given awards and recognition and treated to a special dinner. The host group would prepare the best delicacies – a combination of goats and ship which is among the favourites of Nicaraguans.
Love cards distribution is also traditional scenario in the classrooms. Student would make their personalized cards and give them to their favourite teachers. Those who can afford commercial cards are also allowed to do so.
The common activities in most schools across the country include dancing their favourite reggae and salsa numbers, comical skits, dramatization. When the school activities are finished, students are also treated by school administrators to special lunches only at the teacher’s faculty rooms
. Nicaragua’s best delicacies are inspired by Chinese cuisine.
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