Adults must show by example to children that a compassionate and caring nature will make them better individuals.
THE Setia Caring School Programme, a recently launched programme by S P Setia Foundation provides an ideal platform for education outside the classroom -– helping students learn values such as empathy, unity, respect, tolerance, all in the name of being a Caring Malaysian.
This initiative will see people from all walks of life such as teachers, support staff from schools, parents, society leaders and volunteers come together to promote a caring society.
Emphasising the importance of fully utilising the resources available in the surroundings, the programme recognises the importance of role models in influencing and moulding the young ones.
It is important that the staff and supporters of community organisations take on the role of being a support system for growing children not just in our local communities, but in other parts of the world.
This programme also gives schools a platform to share best practices in making sure that experiences and new ideas are generated, not leaving anyone behind in the process of building character among students and teachers.
With messages such as caring, sharing and tolerance inculcated in the minds of the students, the programme aims to bring about elements that are lacking in our society today. It helps young ones to make conscious decisions and experience appropriate consequences – providing the perfect opportunity to grow as individuals and fostering strength to face future challenges.
Science and Social studies have proven that children constantly look for role models and replicate behaviours of the people that they look up to –– just like how children look up to superheroes as their idol.
Being responsible caretakers of society, we as adults are indeed the sculptors of what we make out of our sculptures – our children.
We must show by example – by this I mean that we must take on challenges and yield the positive out of the negative. This is for the young ones to look up to us and to take note of our attributes.
At the end of the day, struggles in life are an essential part of being human, and children would to a large extent observe and emulate us.
Our lives are full of ups and downs. Failure does not make a person an outcast, in fact, it defines who we are, and children need to know that.
Once these seeds have been nurtured into a self-sustaining product, children would eventually understand that a strong society is built upon a sturdy foundation of unity.
There is a greater need for humanity. After all, we are part of one race – the human race. The foundation of a strong united nation starts with a caring attitude!
The gap between a caring and materialistic society seems to be getting wider these days. As such, there is an urgent need to intervene and put in place the right perspective for the greater good of the people and nation.
I have found the objectives of the caring school programme to be moving in the right direction.
It has moved to beat even the “drums’ of my own objectives – seeing children having many role models present in their lives, who perpetuate priceless ideas and social values.
I gave up on getting a job of status and power simply because my focus was on following my heart – working with and for the community.
I firmly believe in giving back to society. My objective is to serve the community rather than make a career out of it.
There is no better satisfaction than opening the door of humanity for children and seeing them emulate it to have a more sustainable community.
Ensuring that these role models who surround the youngsters have positive batons to hand down, the children would be able to pick routes that would suit them best when the time comes to make decisions.
Our role as responsible adults is to make sure that their journey of a thousand steps begins with the right strides.
Nambee Ashvin Nambiar works for SP Setia Foundation. He has been doing community work in the areas of youth empowerment, education, disaster relief and community development.