Clay in potter’s hands by Deepika Deshwari

By Volunteer Deepika Deshwari, FHI Indore

There’s an old saying that goes,  

“Children are like clay in a potter’s hands”

Just how clay takes any shape it is moulded in, the mindset of children also gets shaped by how it is moulded. 

The initial few years of any child’s life are considered as the most essential and contributing years in shaping them as a person. In the present times, we require such a system that not only focuses on the academic excellence but also the holistic development of a child. 

Indian society is one of the oldest societies. It has got its own sets of customs and traditions. Some of them are very old and do not suit the present times. So, in order to keep up with the pace of the world, they need to be changed. Along with the customs and traditions, India is also home to some of the major social evils and challenges in the world.  

In such a scenario, it becomes extremely essential to ensure that our children are well educated about such issues and their origin and effects. 

How can our children walk ahead confidently if we blindfold them? Therefore, it is important to inculcate such values and matter in their teachings which bring into light these events with precision and care. 

Basic human values such as honesty, respect, kindness, courage and equity should be taught to children through various sets of activities and techniques that appeal to them and are as per the understanding of young minds. Cognitive development contributes to enhancing children’s knowledge and intellectual skills and their overall character formation. 

When things fall onto wet cement, they make an impression that lasts forever. Just like that, young minds are also like wet cement, if they are exposed to something which is apprised to them again and again over a period of time, their minds start to understand and accept it.

Hence, by shortening down these various complexities into a language that is simple and well understood by them, we can tackle it.

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