Made primary education compulsory, established 800 educational and military institutions including teachers' schools, founded public libraries, developed infrastructure and fostered immigration.
Inspired by Horace Mann, whom he befriended, brought 32 American teachers to Argentina to develop the American model of universal education.
World Teachers’ Day was started by UNESCO and is celebrated in more than 100 countries around the world each year.
On its 40th anniversary this year, it represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the contribution that teachers make to education.
The idea of celebrating Teachers' Day took root in many countries during the 19th century; in most cases, they celebrate a local educator or an important milestone in education.
This is the primary reason why countries celebrate this day on different dates, unlike many other International Days.On 5 October, along with over 100 countries around the world, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and its member organizations across the country celebrate World Teachers’ Day through a public awareness campaign that highlights the contributions of the teaching profession.In 1967, 11 September was selected as "Día del Maestro" ("Teacher's Day").With the theme "Nation building passes through teachers", the day served as an opportunity to pay homage to teachers who toil, sometimes under not-so-comfortable conditions, to build the capacities of human resources for the socio-economic development of the country.Commemorative activities in Yaounde began on 29 September with educative talks at the Lycée Général Leclerc, and were rounded off on World Teachers Day at the Wada multi-purpose sports complex.Many functions are being arranged by teachers to honour their fellow teachers. It was true that a teacher enjoyed a place of honour after the mother and father and was only next to them, in our ancient society. With this social concept, it is difficult to expect society to honour the teachers. Radhakrishnan had himself said, teaching is its own reward.But even now there are teachers who are respected and loved for their selfless service, spotless character and unbiased love and affection they show to all their students. The social respect they command is itself an award. The satisfaction it gives the teacher is not comparable.The award given by the President is called the National Award for Teachers, which is a great honour to the humble teachers.Selection for these awards is made on the basis of many considerations-teachers’ personal character and conduct, his professional competence, his sociability, the results he produced, the contribution he made to the profession as a writer, and as a researcher in education., the popularity he enjoys in public, his efforts to eradicate illiteracy, public support he got to build infrastructure for his institution etc. Besides National awards, State awards and awards by National Foundation for Teachers are also given.It is a unique honour awarded to the teaching profession in our country.On that day nearly a hundred teachers selected from primary, upper primary and secondary schools, oriental schools and colleges are invited by the President of India and honoured by giving a certificate of recognition along with some cash prize.