This article is based on learning the activities of some children engaged in doing excellent community work.
ONE OF the notable poems of the famous poet Williams Wordsworth is “Child is the father of the Man”. A couple of real life examples are presented herewith, which go to prove that with right kind of policies, children from a very young age can be allowed to make valuable contributions for helping the community.
Recently, children in Christchurch were allowed to help community clean up of liquefaction resulting from one of the recent earthquakes. These children were simultaneously also facing an uphill task of preparing for their semester examinations. The contributions made by the children in cleaning up the mess of liquefaction by removing the sludge through various residential and public areas are invaluable. Their efforts were lauded by one and all and the media gave publicity to their joint creditable efforts. These children were guided by experts by providing them with the basic things like wheelbarrows, shovels, etc.
As one more example, children actively participate in Dubai on weekend holidays to clean the beach. They are assisted by their parents and other community minded workers. At any point of time, Dubai beach always shines without any dirt or trash. Upon completing their job, these children are given certificates as a token of appreciated for their immeasurable contribution. The Ministry of Education in India is requested to encourage numerous schools across the country to inculcate the spirit of community help amongst the children right from a young age.
Maybe once in a fortnight or once in a month, all the children in different schools should be engaged in some community related work – such a measure will immensely benefit the society because these very children when they grow up will always be forthcoming whenever their services for rendering a help to the community is warranted. Perhaps, a task force can be set up by the concerned people as to how best to make this exercise a feasible one – the involvement of important citizens like the Mayor, City/Town Counsellors, media persons all should get involved to motivate these children while they are engaged in doing some community related work – they should also be properly guided and provided with all the necessary (basic) equipments needed for task. Hoping the above favours consideration at the right quarters.