Malala Yousafzai, Bryson Foster, Iqbal Masih, Ryan White and much popular Greta Thunberg are a few names that strike our mind when spoken about activism. If you take a look at their life stories, you will be able to see that they began their journey as activists starting at a very young age yet have been victorious in making a vast impact on all of humanity and environment.
Youth is the driving force of a society and as a part of youth, it is our duty to empower children and mould them into responsible citizens who would one day become a Greta Thunberg. In majority of societies, the power of a child would be perceived as value of very low and it is high time that we changed such misconceptions.
The Oxford Dictionary defines empowerment as “the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights”. Thereby, isn’t it clear that a child surely can be empowered and pushed towards reaching his/her full potential if education was used as a key?
In addition to being knowledgeable, encouraging them to take up responsibilities, to make them realize their capacities which would build up confidence within themselves, learning to be responsible of their actions and most importantly being able to take decisions with a sense of integrity are a few of the miracles education could do to a child.
Having realized the importance of education that goes in par with child empowerment, which could lead to making the world a better place, us rotaractors of Faculty of Science, University of Colombo encourage kids all around the country to rise together to celebrate Children’s Day as the eminent group of passionate and much valued citizens that you are meant to be.
– Written by Rtr. Damindri Herath-