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Russian Woman Receives National Teaching Award

19. October 2009 by Kari 0 Comments

With so much past political chaos, National Teacher’s Day is extremely important in Russia, as some of the children taught may grow up to become future world leaders. Russian teacher, Natayla Nikiforova is making sure that she is doing her part to make sure that Russia’s fate continues to go well.

Originally recognized on the first Sunday of October, the holiday is now celebrated on Oct. 5 of every year, the same day as World Teacher’s Day.

This year, math teacher Natayla Nikiforova from the Urals city of Magnitogorsk received the national award, and was given a crystal Pelican for the honor by Russia’s President, Dmitry Medvedev.

At the awards ceremony, Medvedev talked about the standards that he has long urged Russia’s schools to follow by saying, “Our schools must meet the needs of the 21st century-that says it all. Our schools must be strenuous, effective, and high-tech. At the same time, they must be welcoming to students and attractive to teachers, regardless of their age.”

Since the holiday started in 1965, 250,000 teachers have either been recognized as contestants or given the award. Students often bring flowers to their teachers on this day. To note just how big the holiday is, President Medvedev declared that 2010 will be marked as Russia’s Year of the Teacher.