School hol­i­days chal­lenge

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

Dhiren­dra Prasad,

Lau­toka

Af­ter go­ing through all their share of pro­cesses and sys­tems our young minds would now go on break where they would have to fend for them­selves un­der the lead­er­ship of their par­ents and guardians. It is time for rest and re­flec­tions. Teach­ers have done their part and if the pri­or­ity is right at home, they would be given time to catch up with lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy skills to­gether with the in­still­ing of “Val­ues” that we need to dis­play as good cit­i­zens. This does not leave the adults around them to get away from their ob­li­gated du­ties of be­ing ex­em­plary and mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tors for their off­spring.

Added to this is the fes­tive sea­son that have al­ways been a chal­lenge in terms of over­spend­ing, so­cial ills and poor time man­age­ment.

Safety is of great con­cern es­pe­cially dur­ing this cy­clone sea­son and un­pre­dictable weather. My worry is that if our young minds are left on their own, they may, vul­ner­a­ble as they are, get into un­wanted sit­u­a­tions which can­not be changed and restored.

This would leave a scar for their en­tire lives and would change their pro­jected path to adult­hood. My dear par­ents, jokes aside, we must em­power our stu­dents with the hu­man val­ues en­shrined in our scrip­tures to en­able them to di­rect their en­ergy to­wards an aim that could be dis­cussed with them now.

Let us not leave this to a later date as by then it could be too late. Do­ing an hour of aca­demic work would not kill them nor would bring any shame on your part.

Plan for their fun now, so that the time is not wasted which is hard to get back.

Mon­i­tor their move­ments, as­so­ci­a­tions, so­cial me­dia con­nec­tions, en­ter­tain­ment com­po­nents, health and safety and fi­nally, their needs for now while we are in con­trol.

Once they are out of con­trol, noth­ing will bring them back. Stu­dents; do some­thing to save our mother earth and its environment. Obey our elders and see the dif­fer­ence. Let us make this hol­i­day a dif­fer­ent one than the ones of the past.

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