What Is Vietnam’s Teacher’s Day?

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“The duties of a teacher are neither few nor small, but they elevate the mind and gave energy to the character.”

Dorothea Dix

Teaching is one of the most respectable and noblest occupations in the world whose responsibility is to “inspire the smallest hearts to grow big enough to change the world”. Being a teacher is not an easy job and it requires numerous qualities and an amount of knowledge to be able to educate other people.

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November 20th is Teacher’s Day in Vietnam

Therefore, National Teachers’ Day is a special day dedicated to honoring teachers for their exceptional achievements to a certain sector or the community at large and is celebrated in a large number of countries in the world. If South Korea’s teachers day is 15 May, Poland’s is 14 October, Australia’s is the last Friday of October, Vietnamese people celebrated this day on 20 November each year.

On September 28, 1982, the Vietnamese Ministerial Council, which is now the Government, made an official decision to select November 20 as Vietnam Teacher’s Day. From then on, on 20 November each year, schools and a variety of educational centers celebrate many events to remind students of the teachers’ credit in educating them to be good citizens of the country.

On this day, pupils and parents usually pay a visit to give the teachers beautiful wishes, flowers and present to say thank you to them for helping and teaching their children. Students, who do not have money to buy expensive gifts choose to do handmade cards or presents such as videos, essays, or even good marks.

In my secondary school, there would be a week called “Teacher Appreciation Week”, pupils will try their best to get as many good scores as possible so that on the last day of the week, they can give these marks as a small present to their teacher. These gifts sometimes are pretty small and not worth considering, teachers will always be happy while receiving them as these presents show that their students love them.

Vietnamese Respect Their Teachers

Many students who have graduated return to see their former schools and professors and send greetings to them, thus this day is often used for class reunions in which graduates reunite and relive old memories while also discussing their present life.

National Teacher’s Day is also celebrated for the state ministries to evaluate and honor teachers who have excelled throughout the year. There are various ceremonies which are held to reward the teachers who have made a great contribution to the country’s education.

Moreover, National Teacher’s Day is an event that gives teachers a chance to look back through their careers and students, they can sit down and talk to other teachers about how they have contributed to the education or some of their interesting memories in their life. Every time celebrating Teacher’s Day is like the teachers’ birthday, their career life is older than one more year.

Not only teachers who work in schools but also private tutors, professors, or anyone who has taught other people something or work in the educational field will receive flowers gifts, and gratitude from students for the quiet but significant contribution that they have made to society through their work.

“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”

Malala Yousafzai

All the teachers and people who work in the educational field, deserve our admiration, devotion, inspiration, and compassion. Wish you the best wishes and we will give you a toast because you deserve to be celebrated.

At Project Sprouts, we realize that we can not solve all the problems of poverty in a situation like this. But we can seek to make a difference in the lives of needy children by giving them school supplies and encouraging them to continue their education; we can give them winter coats, boots, and blankets to help them stay warm during the cold winter months.

Project Sprouts would love to have you be a part of our community and help us to help worthy children in North Vietnam. We cannot solve all the world’s problems, but we can do our part to help poor kids grow by giving school supplies, winter coats, boots, and other supplies.

You can find out more about Project Sprouts by clicking here or go to our give now page to donate by clicking here. As we are a grassroots organization, all funds go to help those in need.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Vietnam’s Teacher’s Day?

Vietnam’s Teacher’s Day, also known as “Ngày Nhà giáo Việt Nam,” is a special day dedicated to honoring and appreciating the contributions of teachers in Vietnam. It is celebrated annually on November 20th.

2. Why is Teacher’s Day celebrated on November 20th in Vietnam?

November 20th was chosen as Teacher’s Day in Vietnam to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of Nguyen Ngoc Thach, a famous Vietnamese educator and the country’s second Minister of Education (1915-1998).

3. How is Teacher’s Day celebrated in Vietnam?

Teacher’s Day in Vietnam is celebrated with various activities and gestures of appreciation. Students often give flowers, cards, and small gifts to their teachers. Schools may organize special ceremonies and events to honor educators.

4. Are there any traditions associated with Vietnam’s Teacher’s Day?

Yes, one common tradition is for students to express their gratitude by writing heartfelt letters or messages to their teachers, thanking them for their guidance and support.

5. Do schools and universities have a day off on Teacher’s Day in Vietnam?

No, Teacher’s Day is not a public holiday in Vietnam, so schools and universities typically remain open. However, there may be special assemblies or events within educational institutions.

6. Who can be considered a teacher on Teacher’s Day in Vietnam?

On this day, anyone involved in the field of education, including teachers, professors, instructors, and educational staff, is honored and recognized for their contributions.

7. Are there any official awards or honors given to outstanding teachers on Teacher’s Day?

Yes, the Vietnamese government and various organizations often present awards and honors to outstanding educators who have made significant contributions to the field of education.

8. What role do parents play on Teacher’s Day in Vietnam?

Parents also play a role in Teacher’s Day celebrations by encouraging their children to show appreciation for their teachers. They may help children prepare gifts or write thank-you notes.

9. Is Teacher’s Day celebrated differently in different regions of Vietnam?

While the core essence of Teacher’s Day remains the same throughout Vietnam, some regional variations in customs and celebrations may exist.

10. Can foreigners living in Vietnam participate in Teacher’s Day celebrations?

Yes, foreigners living in Vietnam can participate in Teacher’s Day celebrations by showing their appreciation to teachers they know and respect. It’s a gesture of goodwill that is often welcomed and appreciated by educators in the country.

Does Vietnam Have A Good Education System?

Vietnam has a good education system, but some things need to be changed or adjusted. Sometimes, too much theory without practical knowledge or experience in learning in our education system has led to some mistakes during teaching and training students in Vietnam.

You can learn more by reading Does Vietnam Have A Good Education System? by clicking here.

What Are Some Important Facts About Vietnam’s Education System?

Being raised in a Vietnamese household gives me a sense of education’s importance from a young age. A repeated daily routine that only consisted of at least nine studying hours is done while assuming that I would be successful in the future if my grades were high. 

Vietnam’s education system has various aspects that need to be improved, such as poor students’ mental health, grade inflation, old-fashioned curriculum, etc.

You can learn more by reading Vietnam’s Education System Revealed, 3 Important Facts by clicking here.

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