Poland Is Celebrating ‘National Education Day’ On 14th October: Know Significance & History


Teachers’ Day is a special day for the appreciation of teachers, and may include celebrations to honor them for their special contributions in a particular field area, or the community in general. The date on which Teachers’ Day is celebrated varies from country to country. Teachers’ days in different countries are distinct from World Teachers’ Day, which is celebrated on 5 October.

Today is the National Education Day of ‘Poland’ which is a Polish holiday being celebrated on October 14. It commemorates the establishment of the Commission of National Education in 1773 and it is one of the national holidays which are not non-working days.

national-education-dayThe Commission of National Education was the central educational authority in the Kingdom of Poland and the Great Duchy of Lithuania. It was basically created by King Stanisław II in August and the Sejm on October 14, 1773. The KEN is widely regarded as the first Ministry of Education in the history of Europe.

While During the two decades of its existence, the KEM completely changed the educational system in Poland.

It made education accessible to a wider group of people by opening whole new schools and training thousands of teachers. The KEM also introduced new school programs and textbooks influenced by the ideas of Enlightenment.

The day of October 14 was originally celebrated as Teacher’s Day, but at some point, it was renamed National Education Day. Nevertheless, it still remains the professional holiday of all Polish teachers and other school employees.

On this day, special events are organized at schools and children congratulate their teachers on the holiday. The day is still very memorable and remarkable day for all the teachers in Poland.

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