Children’s Day 2020 | 14th November | India's First Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru | Expert Views
- by Riya-Jain
- Nov 13, 2020 18:09
Children’s Day 2020
Children's Day every year in India is celebrated on 14th November every year as a tribute to India's First Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Fondly known as Chacha Nehru among children, he advocated for children to have fulfilled education. This day is celebrated to increase awareness of the rights, care and education of children.
When we talk about children, we mostly think about happy kids who have big dreams; children who don’t have a care in the world, running and jumping around with friends, doing things that children are usually supposed to do. But there is another side to this; one which is filled with children struggling to set foot inside a classroom, yearning to own the storybooks on display in some book shop, dreaming of flying an airplane in their cold harsh world of sleeping with the entire family on the floor of a single room house. This Children’s Day we bring you three amazing stories.
Some frogs were traveling through woods and two of them accidentally fell into a pit. The other frogs which were safe upside understood how deep the pit was and saw no hope for the frogs to escape out of it. Both of these frogs started trying to get out of the pit but failed many times. The frogs on the safe side shouted at them to give up the pain of trying as it was not possible. Eventually, one frog heard the other frogs and decided to stop trying and fell down to death. However, the other frog went on trying and at last managed to reach the top. The other frogs asked him, “Did you not hear us?” He explained that he was deaf and thought other frogs were encouraging him to get out.
Moral: Some people around you may ask you to be on a safer side always and stop trying and taking risks. However, there is no gain without pain. So try hard to achieve success in life despite what life offers you.
Once, there was a boy who became bored when he watched over the village sheep grazing on the hillside. To entertain himself, he sang out, “Wolf! Wolf! The wolf is chasing the sheep!” When the villagers heard the cry, they came running up the hill to drive the wolf away. But, when they arrived, they saw no wolf. The boy was amused when seeing their angry faces. “Don’t scream wolf, boy,” warned the villagers, “when there is no wolf!” They angrily went back down the hill. Later, the shepherd boy cried out once again, “Wolf! Wolf! The wolf is chasing the sheep!” To his amusement, he looked on as the villagers came running up the hill to scare the wolf away.
As they saw there was no wolf, they said strictly, “Save your frightened cry for when there really is a wolf! Don’t cry ‘wolf’ when there is no wolf!” But the boy grinned at their words while they walked grumbling down the hill once more. Later, the boy saw a real wolf sneaking around his flock. Alarmed, he jumped on his feet and cried out as loud as he could, “Wolf! Wolf!” But the villagers thought he was fooling them again, and so they didn’t come to help. At sunset, the villagers went looking for the boy who hadn’t returned with their sheep. When they went up the hill, they found him weeping. “There really was a wolf here! The flock is gone! I cried out, ‘Wolf!’ but you didn’t come,” he wailed. An old man went to comfort the boy. As he put his arm around him, he said, “Nobody believes a liar, even when he is telling the truth!”
Moral: Lying breaks trust — even if you’re telling the truth, no one believes a liar.
One day, a fox became very hungry as he went to search for some food. He searched high and low, but couldn’t find something that he could eat. Finally, as his stomach rumbled, he stumbled upon a farmer’s wall. At the top of the wall, he saw the biggest, juiciest grapes he’d ever seen. They had a rich, purple color, telling the fox they were ready to be eaten. To reach the grapes, the fox had to jump high in the air. As he jumped, he opened his mouth to catch the grapes, but he missed. The fox tried again but missed yet again. He tried a few more times but kept failing. Finally, the fox decided it was time to give up and go home. While he walked away, he muttered, “I’m sure the grapes were sour anyway.”
Moral: Never despise what we can’t have; nothing comes easy.
Experts views -
Dr. Akhil Shahani, Managing Director, The Shahani Group; Director, Thadomal Shahani Centre For Management; and CEO, ASK.Careers
"Children’s Day celebrated on November 14, commemorates the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, who was widely regarded, for his love for children, and his significant contribution to the field of education. He believed that students were the ‘future of the country’, and he played a pivotal part in the setting up of educational institutions across the nation, to equip India's children to lead. This day serves as a reminder that every child has the right to quality and equitable education, and that it is our duty to empower our future generations with a robust foundation, to help them navigate the uncertain waters of tomorrow. Today, as the world faces a colossal challenge and education witnesses the biggest disruption ever, we, as educators, must ensure that this goal is implemented, now more than ever. At The Shahani Group, we are committed to helping students acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for employability in this constantly evolving and sometimes unpredictable world, through our numerous initiatives and efforts.”
Dr. Reeta Sonawat, Director, Early Childhood Education, Ampersand Group
“Celebrating Children’s Week is very important for our children to feel special. While the teachers have done an astounding job in maintaining continuity during the past seven months, our children have also adapted to the disruptive changes due to the pandemic. Having online celebrations gives them a huge platform to express themselves and explore their ambitions and connect with peers. Ampersand Group has ensured the holistic development of a child despite hurdles during the lockdown and has extended all support for the benefit of their development.”
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