Article by: Daniel Um, 12
On October 5, 1994, The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially inaugurated World Teacher’s Day as an international commemorative event. World Teacher’s Day aims to recognize teachers as powerful catalysts of social change. UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova states, “Teachers’ professional knowledge and skills are the most important factor for quality education.”
In line with this annual event, the International School Manila celebrates Teacher Appreciation Day (TAD) as an expression of gratitude for all the countless hours teachers spend planning lessons, marking papers, and enriching the minds of the students. Although in previous years at ISM, TAD was held during the second semester, this year TAD is on Wednesday, October 16 to fall on a date closer to World Teacher’s Day.
The National Honor Society (NHS) is responsible for organizing the event. In past years, members of NHS have shown their appreciation by writing cards, delivering pudding dessert, and organizing videos featuring high school students expressing their gratitude to their beloved teachers. This year, the NHS is filling the teacher’s lounge with baked goods and coffee, as well as including students from all three schools (elementary, middle, and high school) in the appreciation video. In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Day, the NHS president, Ji Min Park, states, “Teachers have to be appreciated because they make us who we are and guide us through our lives”.