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Vietnamese Teachers' Day (November 20): History and best gift ideas to show gratitude

November 17, 2020 | 14:49

Teachers' Day in Vietnam falls on November 20th. It is a precious occasion allowing students to express their respect to teachers and honor their teaching work. Following us through this article to find out what makes this day special and think of the best teacher gift ideas that show your appreciation.

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Vietnamese Teachers’ Day origin

In January 1946, an organization dedicated solely to educational employments called FISE (Féderation International Syndicale des Enseignants) was established in Paris, France.

In 1949, at Vacsava international conference, the FISE organization officially announced a charter regarding teachers and educational employees that included 15 chapters in total. The charter’s content mainly revolved around the fight between modern education systems against its bourgeois and feudal counterpart; protecting the legitimate substantial and mental rights of everyone involvements in the educational field, Vietnam Insider reported.

From the 26th to 30th of August 1957, FISE had 57 countries in total participations, including Vietnam. In the end, Vietnam decided to choose November 20th annually as its Teachers’ Day.

Vietnamese Teachers' Day (November 20): Origin and best gift ideas to show gratitude
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“So this Teachers’ Day – forget the bad, horrible, mean teachers and pay your respects to the people who make your lives richer with knowledge, smarter with skills and wiser with good words about life and how to become the person you are destined to be.” Said Stivi Cooke – an English teacher based in central Vietnam.

Vietnamese’s Teachers’ Day is a very meaningful and noble day

On November 20, 1982, the first nationwide celebration was grandly held. From that day on, the particular 20th has become one of the most traditional and important days for its country education sector, honoring every single individual that has contributed to the development of the said sector and their achievements to grow the new future, their students.

Students from all around the country showing their respect by either giving gifts or revising their old mentors and proudly present their successes in life to show gratitude and let their mentors know that their efforts have not been in vain. Not only students, parents, and the government also take time and effort to honor and celebrate everyone in the education field. The celebration is not limited solely in words but also in mass media and all sorts of real-life means.

Vietnamese Teachers' Day (November 20): Origin and best gift ideas to show gratitude
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“Respected moral venerated teacher” is also a way in the Vietnamese’s mind as a way to remember who they are, how they came to be, and that their successes are not their own but many others as well. With that, let’s us all join hand and make the most out of the upcoming holiday.

“Having worked with a lot of local educational institutions, I know firsthand what it’s like to teach big classes of thirty or forty students with only overhead fans to keep us from dying on our textbooks. It’s quite embarrassing for me to teach with sweat running down my face and chalk spattered across my nice shirt – it ruins my credibility.” Stivi Cooke added.

Best teacher gift ideas that show your appreciation

If you want to show local educators some extra love this school year, consider these teacher gift ideas. Accredited Schools Online suggested some interesting ideas for this special day to show our gratitude.

Personalized pencils

Nothing is worse than having your pencils stolen. Help your teacher keep track of their supplies with personalized school supplies, like these customized pencils.

Vietnamese Teachers' Day (November 20): Origin and best gift ideas to show gratitude
Photo: Accredited Schools Online

Everyone loves a good book

Perhaps your teacher introduced you to an author who just released a new book, or maybe you read a story that reminded you of something your teacher said in class. Books can be great gifts for teachers because there are tons of opportunities to make them personal.

Their go-to grading tool, but better

Teachers spend a huge amount of their time grading assignments, so giving them something to help with that process can be a great gift.

A new lanyard

A thoughtful gift to help your teacher keep their ID, classroom key and other necessities in one spot.

Vietnamese Teachers' Day (November 20): Origin and best gift ideas to show gratitude
Photo: Accredited Schools Online

School supplies

Teachers usually pay out of pocket for the supplies in their classrooms, which can add up quickly. Pencils, pens, dry erase markers, coloring supplies, disinfecting wipes, and tissues are used on a daily basis, so whenever teachers get a new stock of any classroom supplies, it’s a big help.

Vietnamese Teachers' Day (November 20): Origin and best gift ideas to show gratitude
Photo: Accredited Schools Online

A movie night

Treat your teacher to a night at the movies. A gift certificate or a couple of tickets and concession vouchers is a fun gift that gives teachers an easy way to spend some time with a friend or loved one.

A sturdy, personalized tote bag

Teachers have a lot to haul to and from school. This gift is a simple gesture that shows you pay attention and care for your teacher, and it won’t go unappreciated.

A well-thought gift basket

When done well, gift baskets can be a huge hit and a lot of fun for students and parents who are more DIY-oriented. The key is to make the basket useful and geared toward the teacher’s interests. Teachers are pragmatic folks, and if the basket is more style than substance, its contents will probably still be appreciated, but not necessarily used.

Vietnamese Teachers' Day (November 20): Origin and best gift ideas to show gratitude
Photo: Accredited Schools Online

Something fun to add to their collection

Does your math teacher always work Star Wars characters into word problems? Or maybe your teacher is a Volkswagen enthusiast and has a row of toy cars on their desk. Teachers are people, too, with lives and interests that extend beyond the classroom.

A keepsake or memory book

Whether it’s a scrapbook-style binder filled with quotes, pictures, memories and notes or a blank book that the teacher can keep all the doodles and letters they receive from students over the years, teachers will cherish something like this forever.

Something that reflects a class memory

This kind of gift can take many forms, like a note, a doodle or some sort of knick-knack. If it is meaningful and will remind your teacher of a specific, positive moment in class, it will be valued. Try a class picture with each students’ signature.

Vietnamese Teachers' Day (November 20): Origin and best gift ideas to show gratitude
Photo: Accredited Schools Online

A letter or card

By far, this is the best gift a student can give a teacher. Teachers live to see their students’ progress and growth, and the thing they treasure the most is a handwritten letter from a student thanking them and letting them know that they made a difference.

While snacks get eaten, candles burn down, and mugs get donated, the gratification and affirmation that comes from knowing they’ve made a difference in the lives of their students stay with teachers forever. Pair this with the keepsake book and get the whole class in on letter-writing for a gift that will most definitely be cherished by your teacher forever.

Vietnamese Teachers' Day (November 20): Origin and best gift ideas to show gratitude
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