On September 5, India celebrates its educators, Google’s doodle recognises the inexhaustible workforce who ‘shape our future generations, even in the middle of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. ‘ In India Teachers’ Day is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the Second President of India, to the veteran’ wish ever since September 5, 1962. Radha Krishnan was a proficient teacher himself and while the 5th September is celebrated in India by displaying our appreciation for those who have moulded us, search engine Google too did the same through its eccentric doodle.
On October 5, 1994, the day was first celebrated to memorialize, the ILO/UNESCO recommendation regarding teachers’ status.
Google’s Doodle for Teachers Day 2020
Google Doodle illustrator Kevin Laughlin, the graphic is an amalgamation of the designs made by the award-winning teachers who visited the Google HQ in February 2020. The vibrant coloured Doodle showcases a smiling red octopus teaching a class of excited fish. It uses its different legs to take in tasks, including cleaning the board, passing the chalk to a yellow student and solving problems of various subjects, it also carries notes and solves math equations. The animated visual also features Google’s letters, written next to the board in its principal colours.
What does the Google Doodle webpage talk about Teachers’ Days?
According to Google’s Doodle webpage, the creation respects the classroom heroes and the inexhaustible workforce who “shape our future generations, even in the midst of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.” Changing their curriculum from classrooms to online platforms in the middle of a powerful pandemic emphasises the superhuman efforts of our teachers to educate students and to proclaim the same, Google had originally created the doodle for America’s Teacher Appreciation Week that began on May 4 this year. Obviously, the search interest in “how to thank a teacher” had surged up in the lockdown months, as per Google. Laughlin, who teamed up with the 54 State Teachers of the Year 2020, had said, “I know from firsthand experience how much of a positive impact a teacher can have on a young person’s life. I can’t express how happy I am to have had the opportunity to be a part of the Teacher Appreciation project this year.” He further added, “When I met these teachers on campus in February, I was so inspired by their love of teaching and dedication to their students, which I felt each minute I spent with them. As they presented their own Doodle designs, they shared anecdotes about their classrooms, advocated for their students, and spoke passionately about educational equity.”
Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, a brilliant teacher, promoter of education, he went on to become India’s first Vice President and second President.
In 1954, India’s highest civilian award the Bharat Ratna was awarded to him. Dr Radhakrishnan was also nominated for the Nobel Prize multiple times. He passed away on April 17, in 1975. A teacher’s purpose is not to create students in his/her own image but to develop students who can create their own image, a teacher plants the seed of knowledge that last a lifetime.