TEACHER’S DAY 2020: LEADING IN CRISIS, REIMAGINING THE FUTURE

From classrooms to desktop screens, from raised hands to unmute buttons, teacher-student relationships are witnessing unprecedented evolution amidst the radical overhaul of the education system due to pandemic and lockdown.

Teachers across the globe in pandemic have stepped up, taken help of their family and children to learn the new technology of digital education, but besides all the changes, one thing has remained the same, their passion for sharing knowledge and wisdom with the generation of tomorrow. And the internet, means of mostly every information transfer today, has also provided enough evidence of how these challenging times are for those who have been the profession for decades and now switching to these new methods to reach out to students.

And 8 months into 2020, a year gaoled because of coronavirus, the occasion of World Teacher’s Day is finally here. Celebrated every year on 5th August, this year, the day will not be the same, students will not be showing their gratitude for their teacher’s by offering them flowers, pens, gifts and letters, instead, they will be greeting the teachers online in the new normal.

WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY CELEBRATIONS IN 2020

UNESCO, for 2020 World Teachers’ Day has kept “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future” theme to celebrate and recognise teachers across the globe. The organisation has dedicated this day to the teaching profession worldwide, take stock of achievements, and draw attention to the voices of teachers, who are at the heart of efforts to attain the global education target of leaving no one behind.

COVID-19 pandemic has put the world on crossroads when it comes to education and its delivery. It has indeed added to the challenges that already existed and enhanced the need for supporting teachers to protect the right to education and guide it into the unfolding landscape brought about by the pandemic.

“The issue of teacher leadership concerning crisis responses is not just timely, but critical in terms of the contributions teachers have made to provide remote learning, support vulnerable populations, re-open schools, and ensure that learning gaps have been mitigated. The discussions surrounding WTD will also address the role of teachers in building resilience and shaping the future of education and the teaching profession.” UNESCO official website

HOW TO CELEBRATE TEACHER’S DAY IN 2020?

As UNESCO recognises the efforts of the teachers, you can appreciate your teachers in the toughest phrases of the career virtually with these easy options:

A Thank You Video: Unlike a decade or two ago, letters were common, but today the trending video platform is a great way to express what you feel. You can combine many mini-videos by your classmates which you can ask them to record and email you and share it on an unofficial group with your teacher right before the class.

A Slideshow: If video editing is a little more than you’re able to handle, or not everyone in your class is comfortable in speaking, you can choose the option of creating a slideshow video inclusive of images of your teacher and messages or pictures of students with message play cards. Instead of asking the class to send video clips, ask for photos centred around a theme.

A Virtual Letter: A simple yet always appreciated option is a heartfelt written be it a picture of a hand-written letter or an email. You can put into practice your letter writing skills and get as creative as you want with these letters.

Digital Gift Cards: As I mentioned above, that pens, bouquets, chocolates and other gifts can now not be given by you directly to your teacher in lockdown but with digital education, we have e-commerce available as well. You or your parents can give their child’s teacher a special little treat with gifts cards.

EASY AND EMOTIONAL, A CALL TO THOSE WHO TEACH LEARNINGS OF LIFETIME

The day is dedicated to all the teachers and whether you are in school/college or not, all of the above options are applicable if you want to tell those gurus who have guided you in your life to choose a better route, but the purpose of all of these to let them know what they mean to you. So, set aside time from your busy ‘Work from Home’ schedules and call, and let them know how their lessons endure even when a time of decades has passed.

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