By Dr A F Pinto
Chairman, Ryan International Group of Institutions
Nov 14: "The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence." This quote of Denis Waitley beautifully tells us about the enormous responsibility the society has towards children. Children are priceless treasures; precious gifts from God. We are accountable to nurture them as holistic individuals ensuring their physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual growth. If we take care of them and their education then they will become responsible leaders of tomorrow. But if our children are weak today, then the future of our society will be weak.
November 14 is the birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of Independent India who is popularly known as Chacha Nehru amongst children. He was a great leader who was keen about the welfare, education and development of children in India. Even though he was very senior in stature, he was fond of children and would spend valuable quality time with them. As a tribute to him, his birthday is celebrated as Children’s Day in India.
Children’s Day is an important event not only for children but also for parents and teachers as this day celebrates the spirit of childhood and reminds us that our children need to be loved and cared for. Children are our future; they are the leaders of tomorrow. It is beautifully said that they are the living messages we send to the future.
There were a number of challenges that our children had to face during these challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic. Apart from the challenges, the pandemic also taught us that roles and responsibility need to be shared. While teachers and parents do their best for the children, children on their part need to put in required efforts to make the best out of the opportunities provided.
The situation of lockdown provided children the space to become independent learners, enabling them to explore their abilities for time management, development of 21st century skills and taking ownership of their learning journey through online and offline mode of learning. Keeping the impetus, parents and teachers should continue to encourage children and motivate them to become resilient, responsible and proactive learners. Children are full of energy and potential; parents, teachers and society can together help them realize it in their lives.
Parents and teachers are urged to nurture children and train them to be honest and responsible citizens of tomorrow. Love them and care for their happiness.
Dear children, do not be discouraged due to the challenges of the present times, you are precious to your parents and to us. You are kings and queens in the making. Be grateful to God for your parents and teachers and for the gift of life He has given. We wish you a healthy, happy and bright future!
A Very Happy Children’s Day!