Don’t involve children in unhealthy competition

President to guardians

13 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Don’t involve children in unhealthy competition

Suhera Aurora, a winner of National Children Award Competition 2019, receives a certificate from Secretary of Women and Children Affairs Ministry Kamrun Nahar at Bangladesh Shishu Academy in the city on Wednesday. - SUN PHOTO

President M Abdul Hamid on Wednesday urged guardians not to put pressure on children over study or any other issue and let them flourish by creating a conducive environment, reports BSS.

“Don’t push children into any ominous rivalry . . . Ill-competition hinders their normal growth,” he told the “Jatiya Shishu Puroshkar Protijogita (national children award competition) – 2019” at Bangladesh Shishu Academy Auditorium in the city.

The head of the state called upon the parents and guardians not to run after only GPA-5; rather create opportunities for children to take lessons from nature and help them groom as individuals with the necessary human values.

“Then they (children) will become the most valuable asset of the country as well nation,” the President said, advising the guardians to help them become self-reliant in all aspects.

Mentioning the government’s programme to mark the 50-year of country’s independence to be observed in 2021 and Bangabandhu’s birth centenary in 2021, President Hamid requested the guardians to inspire the children to know the real history of country’s independence and Liberation War 1971.

The President also mentioned different development activities of the present government in line with the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who enacted the National Children Act -1974 as part of ensuring the fundamental rights of the children.

Recalling Bangabandhu’s childhood, the President said since his childhood the Father of the Nation came forward to stand by the poor and the helpless and even he donated his dressed-in shirt to a poor man and then returned home without a shirt.

“You have to take lessons from Bangabandhu, who was a very helpful man and possessed unpromising leadership quality,” he said.

The President asked all including senior citizens, family, society and state to play responsible roles to ensure rights of the children and help them develop their inner potentials in a friendly environment.

“Build awareness on social and religious values along with their (children) academic curriculum so that they remain free from superstitions and religious fanaticism,” he said.

The President earlier distributed prizes and medals among 30 out of 237 winners. Since January 19, a total of 327,127 participants took part in 30 disciplines including painting, dance, recitation, acting and music.

Chairman of parliamentary standing committee on women and children affairs ministry Meher Afroz Chumki, MP, noted litterateur Selina Hossain, secretary of ministry concerned Kamrun Nahar and Bangladesh Shishu academy director Anujir Liton, were also present on the occasion.