Panama Teacher's Day - December 1st
As Christmas approaches, there’s certainly one festival to look forward to beforehand, especially in the Latin American Panama
. On 1st December 2007
, Panama’s Teacher’s Day
will be celebrated throughout all the country’s educational institutions and learning centres.
Panama really is a beautiful land (the name means “abundance of fish and butterflies”); to be able to incorporate this into the celebration is ideal. A special Teacher’s Day activity
, perfectly apt should you be living in the exotic Panama, would be a class picnic amongst the beautiful scenery. Each class member could bring a traditional dish, perhaps even the teacher’s favourite or a suggestion for an outdoors game to play – something which would help the class bond and that would be relatively relaxing for the teacher – he/she would not have to plan lessons for that day!
Traditional food to take would be tajadas – a ripe plantain, cut into slices and baked with cinnamon. However, those who prefer more savoury food could enjoy a picnic with empanadas – flour or corn based pastry filled with meat or cheese and often accompanied by a local speciality sauce.
Other memorable moments that a teacher can enjoy
just as much as the students is a trip to one of the country’s museums or art galleries – for example, the Museo de Ciencias Naturales (Natural Science Museum) would make a great day out.
What’s most important on Panama Teacher’s Day
however is to communicate the appreciation to the teacher
? Perhaps not even in a school, students can take a minute to chat to the teacher, explaining how they think certain aspects to the class are well taken or particularly interesting, how a character trait of their teacher (patience or kindness for example) inspires them to learn or just that they are thankful for a top education. Hearing this (or maybe seeing it written on a beautifully hand-made card, perhaps featuring the country’s beautiful wildlife) would make any teacher’s day
– whether in Panama or in any other country!