November 11 is a special day in Indian history as it is the birth anniversary of India’s first Education Minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad who always emphasised on quality education as well as free primary education to all children upto the age of 14. This day is celebrated as National Education Day.
Today, We have listed out some important points that you need to know about this special day and why this day holds a significant place in India’s heart.
Why it is Observed?
This day celebrated to raise awareness about the underprivileged children who don’t have access to good education. The main aim of National Education Day is to create knowledge and slogans, reaching out to various organizations and talking about how an equal and good education can bring a good change in humans lives.
The day also remembers the contributions of Azad who laid the foundations of the education system in India.
Speaking at All India Education on January 16, 1948, The great Indian Scholar had said, “We must not for a moment forget, it is a birthright of every individual to receive at least the basic education without which he cannot fully discharge his duties as a citizen.”
To honor him for his contributions, the Ministry of Human Resource Development on September11 2008, announced that the day will be celebrated as National Education Day.
Who Was Maulana Abul Kalam Azad?
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad served as the first education minister of independent India from 1947 to 1958. His real name was Abul Kalam Ghulam Muhiyuddin, he had adopted Azad as his pen name. He was a great Indian scholar, freedom fighter, poet, an educator and a journalist.
* He was a staunch supporter of universal primary education, free compulsory education for all children up to the age of 14, girls education, vocational training and technical education.
* Azad started a weekly journal in 1912 in Urdu called Al-Hilal to increase the revolutionary recruit.
* He was one of the founders of Jamila Milia Islamia University.
* He also established some of the prominent educational and cultural institutions-
- Sangeet Natak Academy
- Lalit Kala Academy
- Sahitya Academy
- The Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
* Under his leadership only IIT, School of Planning and Architecture, and the University Grants Commission were set up.
How India Celebrates National Education day?
On November 11 every year, India celebrates the national education day through a variety of educational activities like writing articles, speeches, workshops, holding seminars and activities like quizzes and tests and brain games that improve the general knowledge and IQ of children. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad taught us how an equal and good education can change a person’s life.
We Will Always Remember The Contributions Of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad!