November 14, 2017: November 14, is observed every year as Children’s Day in view of the extraordinary love and attention paid to children by Jawaharlal Nehru. On this day, we should ensure that every panchayat attends at least to the following three aspects of child’s physical and mental growth.
Must ensure adequate nutrition to the children during the first 1000 days.
Young children should be taught through games so that they experience joyful learning.
Children should be given an opportunity to engage themselves in environment protection programmes in their region so as to instill a love of nature.
For example, children living along the Ganges can be involved in Ganges purification programme. There are around 25 universities along the Ganges and NSS volunteers could be involved in the “Clean Ganga” programme on a continuing basis. This will help to marry intellect and labour.
It is rightly said that the children of today will shape the future of the country. Their future contributions to nation building will very much depend upon the opportunities they get today for academically interesting and socially beneficial activity. Nehru was ahead of his time in recognizing the importance of integrated attention to the mental, physical and spiritual dimensions of youth.
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