The celebration of Children's Day evokes excitement and fills children with boundless energy. This tradition has deep roots in history and still holds its essential significance today, promising to endure into the future. As children grow up rapidly, having a day dedicated to them becomes a necessity, allowing them to share their thoughts and ideas at a tender age, ultimately fostering their growth as achievers.
Nurturing children in various aspects has a profoundly positive impact on their self-confidence. However, the utilization of new technologies by children presents both positive and negative dimensions. Regrettably, the negative aspects of technology can erode children's self-confidence, leading to consequences like early-onset depression. This can be attributed to parents' increasing time constraints, preventing them from monitoring their children's digital activities effectively.
Conversely, when children use the latest technology for constructive purposes, it helps them achieve their goals with precision. To achieve this, parents and schools must allocate time for young minds to think independently and understand their digital landscape. Therefore, celebrating Children's Day with innovative activities can be instrumental in guiding children to utilize technology wisely and efficiently.
In the current times, experimental teaching is essential due to reduced attention spans among children. Practical explanations of concepts using visual media have become a necessity. On special occasions, children can engage in group activities, such as debates and discussions, to gain valuable insights and a deeper understanding of essential topics. This approach aligns with the needs of the present educational landscape.
When we aim to celebrate an event for children, many students hesitate to participate, feeling that it's not their area of interest. On the other hand, parents often consider such events as opportunities for their children to enjoy a holiday and may opt for a vacation instead. Parents' attitudes toward understanding their child's interests and nurturing their knowledge, as well as encouraging their participation in various school activities, can have a positive impact.
From the school's perspective, involving students who are reluctant to participate can pose a challenge for teachers. However, providing these students with opportunities to express their ideas is essential for building their confidence. It should be viewed as a teacher's challenge to unearth the hidden talents of these students and instill confidence in their ability to participate.
Where and why do students lose their confidence? While schools teach languages and assign classwork, homework, and projects, students often struggle to write legibly and with precision when they need to apply their knowledge outside the classroom. The school's role is to teach students to master languages, be it their mother tongue, national language, or English, so they can express themselves effectively. Proficiency in language, including writing beautiful alphabets and speaking without errors, comes through proper guidance.
In our school, we follow the Aksharabhyas program, which includes language slates and a few books. This program teaches three languages to perfection, boosting students' confidence. In this era of technology, the ability to write, read, and speak a language with precision remains important. Neglecting the teaching of our mother tongue may cause it to fade into the past, risking its eventual extinction. Despite historical colonization, where we were compelled to learn the languages of our colonizers (English, French, Spanish, and others), they did not carry our local languages with them when they departed from our colonies. Even today, we tend to replace our local languages with foreign languages, to the detriment of our mother tongues. While English has become a universal language, the preservation and mastery of our local languages also hold significance.
To ensure that children can express themselves comfortably, their ability to communicate in their mother tongue plays a vital role. Thus, teaching languages to perfection not only boosts students' confidence but also encourages active participation in school events, including Children's Day celebrations.
Children's Day is a unique occasion to celebrate the innocence of childhood, and it should be thoughtfully planned by adults to ensure an enjoyable experience. The rapid transition of children into young adults, which often takes us by surprise, underscores the importance of cherishing their youth.
Beyond merely dressing them in fancy attire, the day should be an opportunity for children to express their dreams and share their perspectives on the challenges of the future. Their insights may hold valuable solutions for advancing sustainable development goals, especially when aligned with the latest technology.
In a world marked by technological advancements, it's imperative to connect these innovations to societal concerns. Equally significant is instilling a deep understanding of human values in children. Without a grasp of these values, they may not be able to fully contribute to society. This contribution involves children recognizing the world as their own and taking responsibility for its problems.
For instance, issues like pollution should be taken seriously, and children can participate by devising science models or raising awareness about such pressing matters. Educating children about critical and compassionate issues that affect humanity will encourage their active engagement and pave the way for a better tomorrow.