About Teachers' Day
On March 28th, the people of Czechia celebrate their national Teachers’ Day — to celebrate Jan Amos Komensky (John Amos Comenius), a scholar, theologian, education reformer and teacher whose ideas, first written down and published in the 17th century, still live on in many countries’ school systems today.
Komensky was born on March 28th 1592. Komensky was the first person to write an illustrated textbook for children. Published in 1658, it was pocket-sized and used for teaching Latin words.
Komensky was also a proponent of compulsory education who pointed out the state's obligation to provide kindergarten training and schooling.
It has been traditional for children to honor him on Teachers' Day, or Komensky Day, by bringing flowers and gifts to their teachers. The day is also observed with lectures, music, and educational activities.