The National Teachers Day (Todays best day for Teachers) is on the second Sunday of April every year. It has been celebrated since the middle part of the 19th century by the then governing body, the Federation of Malaysian Board of Education and now the National Teachers Association (NTA). Back then, many civil servants and government employees participated in National Teachers Day activities in order to bring about positive changes and raise awareness of the importance of education to society. They would attend school plays, visit children who had disabilities and take part in community based programs. This all came to be known as Teachers Day in Malaysia.
Over the years, the NTA has tried to expand the celebration of the day to other government agencies and private organizations so that it can spread its wings further. Today, it is celebrated worldwide in more than 200 countries as an ideal moment to celebrate the profession and the commitment of teachers to the education sector. In most countries, the association hosting the event is the NTA itself although in others the event is hosted by the government. The reason why the government organizes the event is because they want to improve teaching standards and motivate new educators to join the profession. The organization also hopes that this day will make parents more supportive of their children’s education and that the professionals involved will be encouraged to continue with quality teaching and research work.
As part of celebrations on Teachers Day, many schools organize activities for parents, students and teachers alike. In fact, the day is considered as one of the best days to bring together people from all walks of life for a friendly gathering and to distribute gifts and share memories about their profession. If you want to celebrate this day in your school, you may start by inviting parents and teachers from the area. The next step would be to formulate a committee consisting of both teachers and parents and together with the NTA, work towards making the biggest and the best Teachers Day celebration there is. Here are some ideas to help you kick off your event:
The teachers’ union would probably be the best source of funds for your event. Established members of the teachers’ union are the most likely to give you valuable input and suggestions regarding the event. Additionally, there are likely to be several other unions in your area that would support your cause and give you valuable financial and political support. However, if you’re looking for additional funding sources, you can also turn to the local business community, alumni associations and philanthropic organizations for help.
In order to kick off the Teachers Day celebrations, you should send out invites to parents and teachers a few weeks before the actual day. Invitations for a Teachers Day celebration need to be sent out to all parents who are either in attendance or a teacher’s aide in your school. You need to make sure that the invites are sent out in advance so that the teachers have time to make any changes to their schedule if needed. You should also ensure that all teachers know that they will need to attend the event. This way, the event can be organized in a way that ensures maximum educational success for the students, parents and teachers on Teachers Day.
On the day itself, you can organize a welcome session for students and parents, where you can give information about the event and answer questions. This interactive session can be followed by a Kids Rock Band concert at the school’s parking lot. Music can be an important part of the event. If possible, you should also include some special activities in your program such as a Students Choice Awards Ceremony. At the end of the day, you can give your students rewards like prizes, gift cards and/or ribbons to show your appreciation for their participation in the event.