Despite the close of USA Teacher Appreciation Week, with many inspired students choosing to continue making appreciative gestures, the US teachers are certainly not being forgotten – and nor are the other teachers throughout the rest of the world.
Countries such as India, Argentina and Spain will have to wait until September for their celebrations where Teacher Appreciation day is held on the 5th, 11th and 30th September respectively. Dates vary throughout the rest of the world too, often relative to an educator from the particular country. An example is Panama’s Teacher Appreciation Day; marked on 1st December, it honours JosÃ© Hurtado, a specialist in Natural Sciences and Civil Engineering and one of the country’s most famous educators. Although this day has only been celebrated in Panama since 1958, many other countries have a much longer history of Teacher Appreciation: Mexico’s commemorative day was first marked in 1918 to remember the capture of QuerÃ©taro and in Paraguay, a teaching convention decided teachers should have a special day as early as 1915.
As well as the varied country-specific days, the education world will unite for World Teacher Day (WTD) on the 5th October to promote the crucial role of teachers in societies throughout the world. However, let’s not forget that you don’t have to wait for a certain date to show appreciation; good work year long is a very effective way of demonstrating just how grateful you are!