World Teachers’ Day and National Teacher’s Day
*World Teachers’ Day, also known as International Teachers Day, is held annually on October 5. Established in 1994, it commemorates the signing of the 1966 “Teaching in Freedom”. “Empowering Teachers” is the theme of this year’s (2017) World Teachers’ Day, celebrated around the world since 1994 after the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.
Its aim is to focus on “appreciating, assessing and improving the educators of the world” and to provide an opportunity to consider issues related to teachers and teaching.
In 2017, World Teachers’ Day commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel, bringing the sometimes-neglected area of teaching personnel at Higher Education institutions into the conversation about the status of teachers.
***National Teacher’s Day (วันครู Wan Kruu)
Teacher’s day is celebrated every year on January 16th in Thailand, it is also a school holiday. It is the day that teachers gather together to remember their first teachers. In Thailand, there is also วันไหว้ครู /Wan Wai Kru/ or Teachers’ Appreciation Day which is held shortly after the beginning of the term, on the first Thursday of June because Thursday is considered as traditionally the day of wisdom and teachers.
For Teacher’s day or Teachers’ Appreciation Day, they believe that any field of work will have a teacher who has the hard work for giving the knowledge and skills for students. Therefore, the students have to celebrate a Wai Kru ceremony to worship or respect their teachers.
On the day of the Teachers’ Appreciation Day, it includes religious activities, a ceremony of paying respect to the teachers and activities to strengthen unity among teachers.
Teachers’ Appreciation Day at MCUKK
Every year around June of July, all students of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Khon Kaen Campus(MCUKK) always celebrate Teachers’ Appreciation Day (พีธีไหว้ครู). In this year, they held the Teachers’ Appreciation Day ceremony on Thursday July 5, 2018 in order to expresses respect for and gratitude to the teachers and also asks for blessing of the studies from their teachers.
Teachers’ Appreciation Day, there are activities such as Wai Kruu ceremony (พีธีไหว้ครู), all students helped each other to arrange a flower tray for “Wai Kruu ceremony” (พีธีไหว้ครู) ; they crawled up to the teachers on their knees, heads down, and presented them with flower tray as well as candles and incense (พานไหว้ครู). They also recited the wai kru chant (บทไหว้ครู), which expressed respect for, and gratitude to the teachers.\