"And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said,
Speak to us of Children. And he said:
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable."
Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)
From The Prophet, (Knopf, 1923)
CHILDREN ARE THE TREASURES OF OUR COMMUNITIES
Children have the potential to be the light of a society or its darkness. It will all depend on the Education they will receive!
"Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom." Baha'i Writings
How important it is then to create more safe spaces for our children to use their power of expression to discover and use their true talents and potentials! With the values of Love, Peace, and Unity, based on the common shared understanding, that "human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood" (Art. 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) children will hopefully see themselves as active agents of change and citizens of one shared society.
Until we see our children as such however, the well-being of our shared humanity is unattainable! Families are the first place where this can take place, but schools are great places too that can allow for such conversations to happen. It takes courage for teachers and headmasters to create those spaces, but not impossible!
Few International Frameworks encourage mankind to recognize this universal truth: children are not only vulnerable and in need of protection but they are also unstoppable should they be given the tools to contribute actively towards the transformation of their communities. If the truth comes out from the children's mouth, are their words and voices heard? And even then, are we following-up on some of their recommendations? Are we walking this path towards change together?
Based on the Human Prosperity Workshops, this space will be tailored to the ages and needs of the children who will take the workshops. Carefully designed, the Children's Programme will explore what it means to be Human; what prejudices mean and how to challenge them; how we can create more unity and cooperation in our classroom and in the school upon which its success depend.
Workshops offered:- Initiation to the United Nations: One Organization, One People- The Sustainable Development Goals are our goals!- What makes us "Human"?- "We are all the flowers of one garden" (How to challenge prejudices?)- One People, One Country
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