Mumbai: Ryan School chairman greets students on Children's Day

Rons Bantwal

Daijiworld Media Network - Mumbai

Mumbai, Nov 16: 'Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow' were the words of former president Dr A P J Abdul Kalam which wonderfully highlighted the importance and dire need of parents, school educators, elders, leaders and society focusing on the welfare of children.

The little wonders are truly capable of mighty things in life, if they are provided with the right opportunities and proper environment to grow. Today, everyone seems to be juggling between fast-paced family life and financial securities with little quality time for children. It is high time for parents to be aware of their priorities in lives. A child needs attention and wants to feel loved by parents. ‘Spending quality time with children’ is vital as it helps them in building security
and self-esteem. Let this quality time not be replaced by mobile phones, TV or computer. Even simple things like doing activities together or reading stories to them can boost the confidence among children and make them feel that they are loved, valued and cared for. Developmental psychology tells us that the brain development is at its highest peak during childhood where children learn rapidly during these early years. They are like sponges just ready to absorb things. Parents’ quality time and interaction at home and teachers’ personalised attention during the formative years at school are therefore, critical factors in shaping and moulding their future.

Children’s Day is celebrated as a tribute to the first prime minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru for his love and care he showed towards children. Even though he was very senior in stature, he was fond of children and became popular as Chacha Nehru among them. He desired that every child grows into a responsible citizen through proper education and a suitable environment. He wanted children to prosper in life and fulfill their dreams. As we remember Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on this day of great significance, let us together turn our attention to the rights, care and education of children in the country. Let us make the required sacrifices today so that our children will have a better tomorrow. Let us not ruin their future by depriving them of their right to a happy childhood. All that they need is: Healthy and safe environment, love and care, empowerment through education, healthcare, provision of opportunities for holistic development, a listening ear, quality time, safe and joyful future, green, clean and pollution-free environment.

In the country, the need of the hour is laying greater emphasis on enhancing the school education system which is the largest in the world, catering to over 260 million young students. We need to treasure our children and provide them with opportunities and an environment to go to school and grow into persons they truly deserve to be. 'You have to love your children unselfishly which is hard, but is the only way' are the words of Barbara Bush, former US first lady to hold a profound message for every parent and teacher about the fact of preparing powerful, creative, integrated and emotionally healthy future citizens.

Children need to be open to learn and make the best of every opportunity provided to them. Children are urged to imbibe values, critical thinking, collaborative and teamwork skills, time management and communication skills and develop into an emotionally strong personality in order to lead a happy life and also to contribute positively toward building an empathetic society. They must be grateful to God for the gift of childhood God has blessed them with, pray for those who are
not fortunate to go to school that they too may get the opportunity to study and live a life of dignity and respect. As childhood is celebrated, children must remember that they are unique, special and wonderful children of God.



Title : Mumbai: Ryan School chairman greets students on Children's Day


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