August 19, 2016

Happy children are a complete joy for adults to watch

It takes a village to raise a child, as the traditional African proverb goes. This highlights how important it is for parents and community partners to look after children during their maturational development. All children, regardless of race, gender and religion, are entitled to have easy access to free and compulsory education once they turn five.
Young minds should be trained to view education as an effective means of developing their abilities, their individual judgement and their sense of moral and social responsibility. Only then will they be able to grow into reliable members of professional societies.
Fortunately, they are awash with opportunities to follow their natural bent with relative ease. With the advent of the internet, everything they want or need to know is just a few clicks away. Unfortunately, they are faced with the myriad challenges of modern life. It is apparent to all of us that social media has become open to misuse. They are prone to contract into socially undesirable behaviour if they are left unsupervised and unwatched. It is, however, necessary to bear in mind that too much prohibition of their curiosity will prevent their learnability. In other words, children should not be treated as pawns.
The onus is on all of us, adults, to create an environment for our children to grow up in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding. In addition, we need to impart to our children the virtues of justice, freedom and equality through tolerance and solidarity. Undoubtedly, when children feel happy, adults will feel the same automatically.


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