On the 24th of November every year is Teachers Day in Turkey.
After the victory of War of Independence, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk established the Republic on October 29th, 1923 and initiated various reforms on military, economical, social, and cultural platforms.
One of those reforms was the adoption of the Latin Alphabet rather than the Arabic. With the adoption of the new alphabet; a mobilization started to teach the new letters and improve the ratio of literacy among community. And on this regard on November 24th, 1928, National Schools were founded to teach literacy to people, and Ataturk accepted the role of being The Head Teacher of the nation.
Since 1981, 24th of November has been celebrated as The Teachers’ Day in Turkey.
Ataürk took the role as Head Teacher of the nation Başöğretmen, he stated that
“New generation will be created by teachers.”
Teacher’s day is marked by the children reading poems and readings and some give gifts to their favourite teachers.
World Teachers’ Day is celebrated across the world on October 5th.
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