CHENNAI: Let children enjoy their childhood, do not force them into a competitive world where peer and parental pressure cost our granchildren their childhood, said Vasanthi Devi, former chairperson, Tamil Nadu Commision for Women, at the monthly meeting of the Senior Citizens Support Forum recently.
“The children of today are forced to fulfill the ambitions of their parents and it is our responsibility as grandparents to ensure that they do not become competitive and self-centred,” she added.“ Encouraging the practice of a common school system with neighbourhood schools in foreign countries where children from all communities learn together she went on to say that in our country, people promote different classes of schools for the elite, middle class and the poor and the so-called elite schools are considered as those providing quality education.
“As grandparents, it is our sole duty to ensure that change can be brought in educational policies and in the neighbourhood. Only then will children get to enjoy the experience of growing up,” said Vasanthi
The events also saw Justice Vallianayagam, former judge, Madras High Court, who reminded the senior audience that most senior citizens have the duty of imparting and guiding the younger generation on the right path.
In addition, the senior citizens forum also celebrated their members’ birthday and set the agenda for the next monthly meeting. Blood pressure and blood sugar check ups were also conducted for the members.