Would you believe that the first time I heard about World Teachers’ Day was at our regular teachers’ meeting a few weeks ago. I scribbled it on my daily planner so I could remember to observe the event in schools. I’ve been working as a teacher for five years here but I’ve not seen schools celebrating World Teachers’ Day. I do recall celebrating Teachers’ Day in Davao where I also worked as a teacher, but we usually celebrate it on Valentine’s Day. I searched the internet about this event and I was amazed to learn that World Teachers’ Day has been held since 1994. Unfortunately, I haven’t heard of this event until this year. Shame on me!
It seemed not all schools here are aware of this or they might just have been too busy to even think of celebrating World Teachers’ Day. I went to school as normal but all were in their classes. No gatherings or programme installed for the day. Anyway, that’s how engaged the teachers are to their work, so it’s fairly forgivable if they forgot this day. But for me who remembered it, I did a photographic flashback of all the years I spent with my students and colleagues.
The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist”. ~Maria Montessori~