National Education Day is a yearly event dedicated to raising awareness about the value of education.
It’s a day that encourages individuals, educators, and the general public to pay tribute to the many people who work tirelessly to ensure that all children have access to High-Quality Education.
Today is dedicated to celebrating educators across the world and the impact they have on students. It also highlights the importance of making learning more accessible, affordable, and engaging.
When is the National Education Day?
National Education Day will be observed on November 11th, 2021.
A Brief History of National Education Day:
On September 11, 2008, MHRD declared November 11 as National Education Day to honor Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. He was also the first Education Minister of Independent India. The day is celebrated as a tribute to the contribution of Maulana Azad to the development of education in India.
After its independence in 1947, India needed to reinstate all of its policies, and the field of education was an essential aspect of building the nation’s future. For the development of Education in India, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was a perfect choice due to his past efforts in the same field.
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad introduced many reforms in the field of education. He laid the foundation of a well-structured education system in India.
He stressed making primary education compulsory for every child in India. Maulana Azad was also instrumental in making the Indian Education System more accessible and affordable to students. The Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) was also founded in his name.
Summing up his vision, Maulana Azad said, “I believe in education. I think that it has got to be the most vital thing that a nation must do in order to grow.” He went on to state that “every citizen of India must have an opportunity to develop his brain and every child should be taught to love his country.”
Achievements of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad:
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was one of the key figures who worked towards improving the quality of education in India. Here are some of the highlights of his work that made him a prominent figure in the history of Indian Education:
- He made education available for every child in India.
- He also made the education system more accessible and affordable to students.
- He introduced the concept of free education for students from low-income families.
- He also made the University Grants Commission (UGC) which is now an autonomous body.
- He played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Indian Institutes of Technology.
- The MAKA Trophey (Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy) is an annual sports event organized among Indian Universities.
Consequently, he was given the honorific title of “Bharat Ratna” in 1992, which means “Nation’s Jewel”.
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad National Urdu University (MANUU):
In his memory, the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) was founded in 2008 in Delhi.
The University is dedicated to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad who laid a strong foundation for the development of education in India. The University is located in Hyderabad. It is a very popular educational institution that has students from all over India.
MANUU offers a variety of courses and programs to students and it also provides its services free of cost. The university is affiliated with the University Grants Commission (UGC).
National Education Day’s Purpose & Importance in Modern Society:
A country’s economy and standard of living depend on the level of education it has. For instance, when we look at the United States of America, we can see that the United States is one of the world’s top economies.
The US economy is also based on the knowledge that the people of the country have. The educational system of the country has been greatly enhanced and continues to be improved. The US spends over $60 billion on education.
India is undergoing a transition, and the education system is also in a state of flux. The country needs to ensure that it has a well-structured education system that is accessible to all students.
In India, the average literacy rate is around 78%, which is very good, but still a good number of people are still denied the opportunity to receive a quality education.
The National Education Day has been set up to recognize the importance of quality education and pay our gratitude to the many people who have contributed to the development of education in India.
The day is also to raise awareness about the importance of making education more accessible, affordable, and engaging.
How to celebrate National Education Day:
In a globalized world, it is essential to know that many people are working hard to better our children. Many educational institutions and groups have stepped forward to ensure that all children receive a high-quality education.
The following are some of how you can celebrate this day.
1. Make a donation to a School:
The school that runs on the charity can be a perfect place for you to donate and show your support to the institution. Donations will go towards paying the teachers’ salaries, giving out books and other school supplies, and making sure that the children are well-fed and have enough clothing.
2. Make a visit to the school:
Visit the schools and see what students have been doing in class. Meet the teachers and talk with them. Ask them questions about what they have been teaching.
3. Hold a quiz:
Quiz all your friends on the subject matter covered in class. Set some winning prizes to make it more exciting.
4. Write about your teacher:
Teachers are the backbone of any school, and the role they play in shaping the future of India is unrivaled. We need to recognize this and celebrate their efforts.
On this occasion, please write a letter to your teacher to show him how much he means to you.
5. Organize Events:
Schools can also celebrate National Education Day by organizing events for the benefit of underprivileged children. This will help them to learn more about the importance of education.
6. Make a poster:
Make a poster with pictures, and stick it up around your school.
7. Conduct a Workshop:
Do a workshop or a lecture to teach students about the importance of education.
8. Spread the word:
An excellent way to spread awareness about National Education Day is through social media platforms using #NationalEducationDay.
Share a picture of you or your child with an educational background and also a picture of your teacher.
It will encourage people to follow suit and also show their support towards teachers and education in general.
9. Give out awards:
On this occasion, give out awards to the best students and teachers in your school. The importance of education cannot be understated. National Education Day is a perfect occasion to celebrate the teachers and institutions that have greatly impacted the country’s education system.
5 Fun Facts about Education in India:
Here is the list of 5 exciting facts regarding Education in India:
- India has the second-largest number of schools after China.
- Kerala is known to be the most literate city in India.
- In India, free and compulsory education is available to children between the ages of 6 and 14.
- There are more than 10 million teachers employed in India.
- Over 25% of students from the Secondary Level of Education.
The world has changed tremendously over the years, and the role of education has changed with it. The importance of education in the development of a country is no longer limited to merely developing the skills of its citizens but also helping them develop as a whole.
Today, a lot of initiatives have been taken by various countries to ensure that education is provided to all. After all, a country can only progress with its people having quality education and learning.
National Education Day is just a reminder of the above. So, make sure that you celebrate it thoroughly by giving your best input to spread High-Quality Education for all.
Cheers and have a great day!
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