In the 2017 National Teachers’ Day celebration, the Ministry of Education focuses on the theme "Teacher of the Land,” in remembrance of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Thailand celebrates National Teachers’ Day on 16 January each year. The celebration this year emphasizes the concept of following in the footstep of His Majesty King Bhumibol, who is recognized as the Teacher of the Land.
The Cabinet, during its meeting on in December 2010, endorsed the proposal by the Ministry of Education to present His Majesty King Bhumibol with the title of "The Teacher of the Land” to honor him in commemoration of his 84th birthday anniversary in 2011.
His Majesty realized that the development of education for the youth was an important foundation for the country. He urged young people to continue to study, even after they completed school or university education, saying that education was endless. He set himself as a clear example of life-long learning.
He taught and educated the people in both formal and non-formal education systems, through his activities and projects. Regarding formal education, His Majesty established Chitralada School in 1955, where young royal children, children of courtiers, and children from the general public could study together.
Having learned about the lack of educational opportunities among disadvantaged children during his visits to rural remote areas of the country, His Majesty instructed the setting up of schools and gave them support. A total of 104 schools were under royal patronage or guidance. He handed out many scholarships for students wishing to study abroad, as well.
As for non-formal education, His Majesty the late King set up Phra Dabos School in 1975, which provides vocational training in various fields for people who lack the means necessary to enter formal schools.
As a true teacher, His Majesty was able to educate diverse groups of people at various levels, in accordance with the principles of effective teaching and learning. He sought knowledge in various subjects himself, and disseminated his acquired knowledge to his people.