Children's Day 2022

How student can develop the new ways of learning

<red> November 11th, 2022 <red>

Children’s Day 2022 - The Need of Celebrating This Day in the 21st Century.

Pt Jawaharlal Nehru Visited School in Assam with Jairamdas Daulatram in 1952

We have always celebrated Children's Day on November 14th to commemorate the birth anniversary of our former Prime Minister Pt Jawaharlal Nehru who was born in 1889 (British India) in Allahabad. This year marks his 133rd anniversary.

But here is a question we miss to ask–Why do we still celebrate his birth anniversary as Children’s Day in the 21st century?

Every child has a right to education, and every year, we celebrate this right on a national level on 14 November to remind everyone how important it is for today’s generation to learn and build crucial skills that can actually help them develop and not just grow.

On this day, teachers focus more on children's individual skills with the help of various activities, such as storytelling, creativity building, reading, speaking and much more. Additionally, schools implement and follow skill building initiatives on a regular basis.

Now let’s understand where this promising day started to be celebrated in India.

How Children’s Day Started to Celebrate in India?

On November 5th, 1948, the first children’s day was celebrated as the “Flower Day” with the purpose of raising funds for the United Nations Appeal for Children (UNAC) through the sales of flower tokens.

But after the recommendation of V.M. Kulkarni (a Social Welfare Fellow), it had been decided that on 14 November every year, the day will be celebrated as Children's Day.  For the first time in 1954, the Children’s Day was celebrated in National Stadium Delhi.

Since that day, we have been celebrating this day to remember Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru (also known as Chacha Nehru) as he was so affectionate to children. As a Prime Minister, he created an atmosphere where all the attention will focus on children and their welfare.

In an interview Ram Narayan Chaudhary asked why you are so fond of children to which he replied:

"I have always felt that the children of today will make the India of tomorrow, and the way we bring them up will determine the future of the country."

How can Children's Day actually be celebrated?

Everyone celebrates Children's Day in their own way. Some schools organise annual functions and assemblies, where students would dress up as Chacha Nehru, give roses to students and teachers, organise a small party, and much more.

School Kids Dressed Up Like Former Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru on Children’s Day

With activities like these, students learn to:

  • perform in front of a crowd, combining their social, motor and communication skills,
  • create dialogues, poems, etc. creatively,
  • use their management skills to arrange props and resources,
  • actively participate using their collaborative skills, and much more.

When the students are motivated to perform in these amusing activities, they connect with each other socially, physically, emotionally and mentally, hence, developing in a holistic way. This eventually fulfils our motive to nurture and develop them in accordance with 21st century skills.

Final Words

Learning is a lifelong process, so it can not be celebrated in one day. Although, celebrating in itself is a unique thing. We all have kids in ourselves, so we should never stop learning.

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