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  • Aankhi Roy

What is the Highest Form of Understanding?

From our birth, all the way to our last breath, we never stop learning. We learn some things by ourselves, through personal experience or personal effort. The other things are taught to us by our teachers. Our parents are our first teachers, from helping us learn how to walk and eat, they teach us the ways of life and correct our mistakes to shape us. Our school teachers who help us academically, holistically and emotionally, play a major role in shaping our character too! To honour these loving hands which caress us, we celebrate Teachers' Day every year on the 5th of September in honour of Doctor Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. When a few of his students approached him and requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday, he said, "Instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be my proud privilege if the 5th of September is observed as Teachers’ Day."

Keeping in mind that we are celebrating 75 years of Indian Independence this year, let us talk about how the great teachers in our past have proved that teaching is the highest form of understanding. Savitribai Phule was a woman of progressive thoughts, who played an important role in fighting for women's rights in India during British rule. She preached the importance of educating both girls and boys and founded one of the first modern Indian girls' schools in Pune, in 1848, along with her husband Jyotiba Phule. Rabindranath Tagore was another such inspiring teacher who felt that education should be imparted to children in a way which makes them happy and creative. He insisted children should learn in a natural environment and thus, his school Shantiniketan was set upon these principles. Madan Mohan Malviya, another eminent personality, participated actively in debates on issues including free and compulsory primary education. He, being keenly interested in uplifting the educational standards of the country, was the principal founder of the Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, a premier institution of learning in India.

All the progress made by these three teachers was in a time where they did not have freedom, they were deprived of their rights and did not receive support from anyone. This proves that teachers are relentless, dedicated and have had, since time immemorial, a great impact on people. They work tirelessly with only one goal in their mind: to impart education for a bright future for their students, for you! So, on this Teachers’ Day and for every such in future, do not hesitate to let your teachers know just how much they mean to you.

Teachers are the greatest blessing in a student’s life

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