Prof MK Sinha
Professor of Economics, Nagaland University
Students are gearing up to celebrate 2023, which is observed on 5 September every year to mark the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan who was the second President of India. This day is to acknowledge teachers for their efforts and dedication towards students. On this occasion I salute and greets all the teachers whom the children see as their second guardian after their parents are at home. Teachers are an integral part of society and a very essential one too. Without teachers, education would be a nearly impossible task to achieve.
It is often said that the three main contributors to shaping our lives is God, our parents and our teachers. Our parents are our primary teachers. They teach us the basic things in life. But the teachers who come later give us the knowledge that we possess forever. A doctor treats patients, an engineer constructs buildings and machines but a teacher builds the nation. Students are the plants in the garden of the nation and teachers are the gardeners.
Teachers are supporting pillars who play an important role in guiding students throughout student life. A teacher can be a best friend, a third parent, an inspiration, a role model, a well-wisher, etc., for the students. Teachers play a vital role in inculcating ethics and values in education, which helps students in their character development and ultimately results in forming good citizens for society. Behind every successful engineer or doctor there is a teacher. A teacher is a person who moulds them into engineers or doctors. Teachers act as architects who design the map and foundation of their nation, and can rightfully be called nation builders. They transfer that knowledge to their pupils, whatever knowledge and experience they have gained from their life. They act as facilitators who create an environment where students can unlock their true potential, which builds confidence, self-dependency, and awareness in their learners. Teachers increase productivity and creativity of students and therefore, of future workers. When students are pushed to be creative and productive, they are more likely to be entrepreneurial and make technological advances, ultimately leading to economic development of a country.
Teachers truly are the backbone of society. They are role models to children, offer guidance and dedication and give young people the power of education. Because of teachers, countries are able to further develop socially and economically.
Ideal citizens are the pillars on which the independent nation exists. A nation develops with its cooperation and becomes strong and prosperous. An ideal teacher teaches national unity and patriotism to the students.
A teacher plays an integral role in a student's life, providing support, developing knowledge and skills, and cultivating curiosity and creativity. He is a life changer.