National Education Day: 11 November
In India, the ‘National Education Day is celebrated on November 11th every year. It is the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. This Day is celebrated every year on November 11th throughout India after the announcement made by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in 2008.
Abul Kalam Azad was born on 11th November, 1888. His real name was Abul Kalam Ghulam Muhiyuddin. His father’s name was Maulana Khairuddin, he lived in Bengal. His mother’s name was Alia, who was an Arabian.
Maulana Azad was a journalist, author, poet and philosopher. He started to publish the newspaper ‘Al-Hilal’ in the year 1912. Al-Hilal played an important role in forging Hindu-Muslim unity. He wrote many works, reinterpreting the holy Quran. He played an active role in the freedom movement of India. He became the first Education Minister of independent India.
Maulana Azad died on 22nd February, 1958. For his invaluable contribution to the nation, he was posthumously awarded India’s highest civilian honour, Bharat Ratna in 1992. He always liked the simplicity of life.
National Education Day is a significant day to show the importance and usefulness of education against society. On this day, special programs are organized in schools. On this day, many programs for educational reform and development are announced by the Centre and the State Governments.