Teacher’s Day is celebrated throughout Spain today, 27th of November. So, do not miss the chance to tell something nice to your teacher. Our Spanish school El Rincón del Tándem tells you more about this day in this blog 🙂
Teacher’s Day celebrates the work of people who are professionally engaged in teaching, like our school’s teachers. Undoubtedly, that is the occasion to celebrate the crucial role of teachers and educators and the important impact of their work on society.
Therefore, in this blog, we will tell all our students of the Spanish course the origins of this initiative.
In addition to the International Teachers’ Day celebrated on October 5th and promoted by the UN, Spain has its own Teacher’s Day. The choice of date (November 27th) is not accidental. In fact it coincides with the day of San José de Calasanz.
San José de Calasanz is a key figure in the historical and pedagogical field. Together with Juan Bautista de la Salle, he is considered by the Catholic Church a patron saint of educators.
Priest, pedagogue and saint, San José de Calasanz is the promoter of universality of education and forefather of modern education.
In fact, he dedicated his entire life to promoting free and universal access to education, at a time when only the members of the richest families could go to school.
Thanks to the support of other enthusiastic young teachers, he founded of the Pious Schools. That is, the first Christian popular and free schools in Europe.
Furthermore, he also promoted of the use of national languages in teaching, in addition to Latin. He tried to spread his ideas, sending around 10,000 letters throughout Europe.
Finally, thanks to his efforts and works, the education system was systematized by levels. On his initiative, vocational education and training was also introduced.
Like Spain, many other countries celebrate Teacher’s Day on different dates when they usually commemorate key people or events in the history of education.
For example, Argentina celebrates it on September 11th in memory of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento. In Chile it coincides with the Day of the Foundation of the College of Teachers.
Finally, we take advantage of this space to congratulate all the teachers of the Rincón del Tándem on their contribution to culture and knowledge.
And thank them for the great work they do and the enthusiasm and joy with which they teach Spanish at our school. 🙂