Reaching out to the young
THE PROCESS of empowering adolescents begins with the practice of treating them with respect, and facilitating their growth in such a way that they are able to realise hidden potential.
Instead of looking at adolescents as helpless or ignorant beings who need to be chastised and controlled, spiritual treatment calls for accepting them as potential carriers of higher wisdom, good values, fresh ideas and skills that need to be channelled in the proper direction.
Such a growth process is driven from their inner self, gently guided by wisdom and love rather than a forced development compelled in insecurity, fear and false expectations.
There is a growing number of youngsters who are increasingly becoming active in exploring the self, and in making sense of life by developing a strong faith which is promoted by value-based institutions and environment.
The Brahma Kumaris has been actively supporting families, schools, NGOs, social organisations and government agencies in disseminating value-based education and spiritual awareness for the past 80 years.
Thousands of children and youth around the world have benefited from its courses, programmes and seminars, and adapted to a healthy and virtuous lifestyle.
Due to the far-reaching and strong influence that the media exerts on the masses, it ought to spearhead a mass campaign to enlighten and empower adolescents with the help of all other agencies active in this cause.