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Nuku’alofa – October 8, 2021: 11.50am (Nuku’alofa Times): Tonga celebrated World Teachers’ Day today, with government schools closing for the day to allow teachers the chance to be with their mates and honour the service they give to humanity.

Minister for Education and Training Hon Siaosi Sovaleni or Hon Huakavameiliku led the procession of teachers through central Nuku’alofa this morning, en route to the Queen Salote Memorial Hall, where the main celebration was held.

Hon Huakavameiliku ( right) during the teachers’ march this morning through Nuku’alofa. Photo: Nuku’alofa Times

Teachers’ Day is a global observance. It is not a public holiday. The celebration date of world Teachers’ day may vary according to the country. For instance, the United States celebrates this day on Tuesday during the first full week of May, while the United Kingdom observes it on October 5.

On World Teachers’ Day, the services of teachers and their contributions to education are acknowledged and their role and importance for the development of students and society are appreciated.

Teachers’ Day is an occasion that pays a tribute to the teachers and tends to resolve some of the issues regarding their profession and hence tries to attract the brightest young minds towards this profession.

The marching band from Tonga High School leading the march today

Various organizations like UNESCOEducation International (EI), UNICEFUNDP, the International Labor Organization (ILO), etc. organize campaigns and conferences to achieve this goal. UNESCO allocates a Theme for this Day every year and campaigns focus on this theme.

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