International Students' Day - The Role of Education in Social Transformation

According to Wikipedia, International Students' Day is an international observance of student community, held annually on November 17.

The day was originally started as a commemoration of 100's of University of Prague students who lost their lives during WWII, but is now an occasion for universities the world over to celebrate multiculturalism, diversity and cooperation among their students.

It is also an occasion for the worldwide student community to celebrate their acts of social responsibility through gatherings, competitions, food fests and charity events organized on the campus on the day.

In India, we observe October 15 as the ‘World Student’s Day’ (which was declared by the United Nations in 2010) in appreciation of our former president’s contribution to education.

Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam in addition to being a scientist who played a stellar role in India's missile defence programme, and was also fond of teaching. He is remembered for his love for interaction with students at schools and universities across India and even internationally.

Dr. Kalam popularized the movement to spread awareness about the importance of education by highlighting the role of education as a tool of transformation. We will now look at the social impact of the initiative led by our former president:

  • Role of Teachers: It reinforced the traditionally held belief that teaching is the most noble of all professions and teachers need our support to effectively handle the enormous responsibility of creating the citizens of tomorrow.
  • Importance of Education: It informed people that the only way to change their lives for the better is through education as it is capable of  providing the children from the underprivileged classes with a chance to be a part of the mainstream of the society.
  • Healthcare Awareness: It highlighted the fact that providing healthcare to millions is an enormous task in India but it is possible to make people more aware about diseases and therefore spend less on medical treatment through access to education.
  • Social Harmony: It reminded us that accepting differences and celebrating similarities in the community is key to achieving social harmony and education is the best means to ensure it with active participation from students.

On the occasion of celebrations dedicated to students, let us also thank our teachers for guiding us and take a pledge to help others to gain access to quality education.

Mount Litera Zee School wishes the student community a Happy International Students’ Day.