Learning about Social and Emotion health today at SVP, new teacher induction.
Today is National Teachers’ Day in Indonesia, or Hari Guru Nasional. Which is also the same day as the formation of the Indonesian Teachers’ Association, the PGRI.
It is not a holiday, but we all take some time to thank our teachers and reflect on the great work that they do in our schools for society.
At SVP we are also in the process of arranging free teacher professional development for some local teachers, but more on that soon!
Once again the parents from our Parents’ Support Group (PSG) arranged a small ceremony and small tokens of appreciation for our teachers at SVP. We were delighted with some lovely singing, a delicious cake, and some small presents or a chocolate snack, several lovely door prizes of a massage voucher and a individualized PSG World Teachers’ Day coffee mug.
“In many countries, Teacher’s Days (or Teachers Day) are intended to be special days for the appreciation of teachers, and may include celebrations to honour them for their special contributions in a particular field area, or the community in general. The date on which Teachers’ day is celebrated varies from country to country. Teachers’ days are distinct from World Teachers’ Day which is officially celebrated across the world on October 5.
The idea of celebrating Teachers’ Day took ground in many countries during the 20th century; in most cases, they celebrate a local educator or an important milestone in education (for example, Argentina commemorates Domingo Faustino Sarmiento‘s death on September 11 since 1915, while India celebrates Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan‘s birthday on September 5 since 1962). This is the primary reason why countries celebrate this day on different dates, unlike many other International Days.
November 25th is National Teachers’ Day in Indonesia, otherwise know as Selamat Hari Guru, which is commemorated on the same day as the formation of the Indonesian Teachers’ Association (PGRI). National Teachers’ Day in Indonesia is not a holiday, and since we celebrated World Teachers’ Day on October 5th, SVP will not be doing anything more.
However, it would be lovely to say thank-you to your teachers today, those simple words really mean more than any present, cake, prize or ceremony. (Although, I know our Grade 7 Visual Art class are doing something special for us) Most teachers I know, are teachers because they care, because they are trying to make a difference and because they are passionate about education.