Reach­ing out to the young

The Sun (Malaysia) - - GOOD VIBES -

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.

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