TAIPEI (The China Post) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) wished a “Happy Teacher’s Day” on Monday to those who provide instruction or education in the community.
“Thanks to the dedication of each and every one of our teachers; your passion means that every child has the opportunity to be different and to open up more possibilities in life,” she wrote on social media alongside a picture of a student’s notebook.
Teacher’s Day is celebrated on Sept. 28 each year. This day marks the birth date of the great Chinese philosopher and teacher, Confucius (孔子, 551–479 BC).
In Taiwan, and most of Asia today, there is a strong belief in the importance of family and education which have been greatly affected by the pandemic this year.
“This year’s epidemic underscores the greatness and importance of educators,” she added.
“Because of your efforts to prevent epidemics in schools, we are one of the very few countries in the world that has not closed schools, ensuring students’ right to education,” she continued.
Teacher’s Day is a special day to thank and remember the teachers who have shaped us and our appreciation for them.
The popular celebration is no longer a holiday, however. It is still common for teachers to receive gifts of “thanks” from their students and their parents.