On the occasion of Teacher’s Day, here’s a speech dedicated to those passionate, kind and hardworking individuals who never stopped teaching, despite the many hurdles created by the pandemic –
The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted the world, compelling each individual to either study or work from home. This so-called “new-normal” brought with it, a multitude of challenges and hurdles. Where once, we were all consumed by the rush and mobility of our surroundings. Today, we have become accustomed to the new way of life. The education system of India in particular was impacted by the pandemic. But in all such abnormal and difficult circumstances, our teachers have sustained the normality of education.
Teachers in different parts of the state spent their time, money and efforts on learning newer technology. They strived to build a virtual classroom experience while ensuring that our quality of education remains the same. In this virtual world of zoom calls and WhatsApp groups, our teachers managed to create a bond with us.
Of course, the digital world has its boundaries and limitations. The personal touch is missing, the interactive sessions are hard to create, the one-to-one sessions feel odd. However, our teachers overcame even these hurdles and spent their nights creating question papers, doubt-solving sessions and revision lectures for us. To create the most realistic educational experience in an online format is a hard task to master. Yet, our teachers made it possible with just three things – dedication, determination and passion.
In return, however, they ask for only two things – active participation and respect. As famously stated since time immemorial, it takes two to have a conversation, and it takes for both the teacher and the students to hold an interactive session in class. Hence, on this Teacher’s Day, celebrated on September 05, 2021, students must strive to participate, to show their own inclination towards education. This active participation acts as a motivator for teachers to do better. It also acts as a driving force towards quality education.
The second and most important thing is respect. Teaching, unlike most professions, is hardly concerned with money or business. Ask around and one can get to know why teachers teach – because they possess a deep passion for it. It is an artform which not everybody can master. And since, art demands that respect, so does teaching. Therefore, on this Teacher’s Day, we must strive to give our teachers the respect and gratitude that they wholeheartedly deserve.
Respect for teachers is not only through obedience and good manners but also studying hard, giving undivided attention to lectures, completing the given tasks on time, asking genuine questions and much more. After all, when students fulfil their dreams, it is their teachers who are the happiest.
To all students out there, work hard – not just for you but for THEM as well!