The other day I was traveling with my son in an auto after a while he asked me something to eat and I gave him a banana. After eating the fruit he threw out the chilka in the mid of the road without realizing that it is wrong. I felt bad about it for a while I was thinking that neither I had taught him nor our education system teaches us how to behave and keep our society clean. It talks about just Science, Maths and History and leads us to Engineer, Doctor and to many other disciplines. But it never leads us to be first a good and responsible citizen in the society.
Our Education system has one or two lessons on cleanliness but it never brings any big impact on the child. The child passes the exam and closes the chapter. I feel this kind of social responsibility topics should be inculcated at every stage of the education system and not just leaving it us chapters.
The attitude of throwing things out just like that is not only seen in my child but i see this common among many adults. I have seen people throwing garbage from the balcony, throwing out things in a irresponsible way in spite of dust bins, keeping their place untidy and disorganized in the office. I also see spitting in the railway station especially on the white walls as one of the basic problems among Indian citizen, and urinating near electric junctions & wherever they feel. Education system will grow, and produce lots of engineers, doctors which in turn will grow our Indian economy and better infrastructure but finally if people don’t have the tendency to maintain any system then nothing is going to be useful. I wonder the metro rail which is being constructed with lots of money and efforts in Chennai if people don’t keep it clean then its going to be really difficult. Any place which is basically a public domain should be treated and kept clean like the way you maintain your house. Its up to us to have the emotional attachment and inner consciousnesses to keep our place clean.
We definitely need a basic education/workshops through out the growth of every child on cleanliness and social responsibility. It might be on behaving in a public places for example in temples, theater queues, railway queues, way of talking and respecting other citizen and the list is endless but some mannerism should be taught and made as a serious subject in our education system so that the future India can be seen with more responsible and clean citizen.
I hope the topic will be considered and will be published for parents and schools to feel and think on it and more importantly to act on it to make every child a better citizen tomorrow.
Sivapriya Chellappa, Parent of Child - R Yashovardhan, SBOA Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chennai.
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