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Educate, Empower, Excel: Celebrating National Education Day

“Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.” – Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

In India, November 11th is a day to celebrate the transformational power of education and to show respect for knowledge. This day, observed as National Education Day, honours the visionary Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first Education Minister of independent India. It is more than just a date on the calendar. As we commemorate this important day, it becomes necessary to learn about its past and appreciate its great significance in relation to India’s educational system.

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, a scholar, freedom fighter, and an ardent advocate for education, played a pivotal role in shaping the educational foundations of the newly independent nation. Born on November 11, 1888, in Mecca, Maulana Azad’s commitment to education was deeply rooted in his belief that knowledge could emancipate societies from the shackles of ignorance and poverty.

In his role as the first Minister of Education, Maulana Azad set out to provide a solid foundation for an inclusive and strong educational system. His vision went beyond traditional academics; he highlighted the need for holistic development, encouraging students’ moral leadership, creativity, and spirit of inquiry. His deep understanding of the importance of education in fostering national identity is still relevant today, and National Education Day serves as a moving memorial to his legacy.

In honour of a man who dedicated his life to promoting education, National Education Day was established on Maulana Azad’s birthday. In 2008, the Ministry of Human Resource Development formally established the day to commemorate and consider Azad’s contributions to India’s educational landscape.

Every year on National Education Day, communities and educational institutions nationwide unite to celebrate the values Maulana Azad championed. It is a day of reflection on which the country assesses the advancements in education and pinpoints areas in need of focus and development.

National Education Day has significance that goes beyond its historical foundation. It is a call to action, asking people to make education a top priority and a significant investment since it may spur social advancement. Maulana Azad asserts that education is about more than just imparting knowledge; it’s also about developing values that result in responsible and comprehensive citizenship.

National Education Day is celebrated with a variety of events that emphasise the value of education in determining the future of both the person and the country. These events include lectures, workshops, and cultural programmes. It is a day to honour educators in recognition of their critical role in forming children’s brains and encouraging a love of learning.

To sum up, National Education Day is a time for remembering, contemplating, and reaffirming one’s dedication to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad’s principles. It is a day to honour education’s capacity to enlighten minds, dispel ignorance, and open doors to a better, more just future. As we remember Maulana Azad, let us embrace his vision and work together to make education a fundamental right for all citizens.

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