On September 5th of every year, it is common knowledge that our country celebrates the annual Teacher’s Day. But do you know some of the most interesting facts about teachers, schools, and the education systems all over the world? In this blog, I’m going to cover some amusing facts that I have recently come across.
The declaration of the Indian Teacher’s Day took place in 1962, and if you think about it, that was not very long ago! 5th September was the birthday of India’s second president, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Back then, the man held the Vice-President’s office and was a beloved teacher and a philosopher. When his students urged him to celebrate his birthday, he decided that his birthday would be declared a tribute to all the teachers of our nation!
Here are some interesting facts about the different schools all over the world!
There is a school named Bottle School, located in the Philippines, Asia. It was constructed using about 9,000 bottles and dozens of volunteers were needed to complete the structure. Each bottle was filled with sand, water, and straw to keep them sturdy. Then, a cement-like substance was used to hold the bottles in place as they were stacked on top of each other to create walls.
Did you know that the largest school in the world is located in our very own India? The City Montessori School (CMS), located in Lucknow city, enters the 2019 Guinness Book of World Records for its enormous student population. There are currently more than 56,000 students attending the school daily. In Lucknow city alone, there are 18 campuses with over 4,500 staff across the city.
All students in the schools in South Korea are expected to stay back after class to clean up their respective classrooms. This includes sweeping, moping, vacuuming, and taking out the trash. They are prohibited to leave until their classrooms have been tidied up!
Bangladesh has some very unique educational institutions. They are renowned for their “boat schools” which are quite literally schools sailing on the water. Bangladesh is prone to severe annual flooding between July and October, and this causes rivers to rise to more than 12 feet. Hence, boat schools are implemented and there are no less than 100 of them in the country. Each one of them is solar powered, consists of a library and even has internet access!
In Los Pinos, a remote, isolated valley located in Columbia, the students travel to school using a zip line! The school is separated from the residential area by ticket rainforests and travel by foot would take around two hours. Very young children are supposed to use the zip line along with an adult or an older sibling.
Different schools in the world have different things to offer and it is our teachers that bring about unity in schools and act like the glue that binds us all together.
So this Teacher’s Day, I would like to extend my warmest gratitude and appreciation to all the teachers of the world. You make our childhoods incredible!
-Mohana Veena, 10B