Children should learn to become unique by grappling with the hardest challenge thrown by the world around them to “make them like everybody else,” former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has said.
Inaugurating a seminar series being held in connection with the 125 consecration anniversary of the Siva temple at Aruvippuram on Monday evening, Mr. Kalam in his talk on `The educational vision of Sree Narayana Guru’ said great aim, an urge for continuous acquisition of knowledge, hard work and perseverance alone would help the youth to attain this uniqueness.
Each student should realise that he has the potential and education should help him to attain great heights. The seeds for capacity-building should be sown among students. There will be continuous innovation during the learning process. Special capacities for enquiry, creativity, and innovation, use of high technology, and entrepreneurial and moral leadership should be built into the education system for nurturing students.
Teachers have to emerge as facilitators of new ideas and lead to lifelong innovative thinking in the young minds. Good teachers create beautiful minds which are creative with an indomitable spirit. Children see the teacher as a role model. The seeds of peace in the world have its origin of righteousness in the heart of every individual. Education with value system has to be designed so that the righteousness in the heart is developed in young minds. That should be the mission of education, Mr. Kalam said.
Education, in its real sense, is the pursuit of truth. It transforms an individual into a noble soul and a universal asset. Universal brotherhood becomes the sheet anchor for such education. Real education enhances the dignity of an individual and increases self-respect. On realising and carrying forward this goal, the world will become a better place to live, he said.
Mr. Kalam also recalled the Guru’s teachings that no good ever comes out of casteism, it hinders freedom and annihilates intelligence. The Guru had also said that every temple should have a good library and reading room and spiritual texts of all religions may be collected and taught there.
Speaker G. Karthikeyan presided over the programme. KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala, Excise Minister K. Babu, and Prathishta media committee convener Vandanoor Santhosh offered felicitations. Sree Narayana Dharma Sanghom Trust general secretary Swami Rithambarananda welcomed and secretary, Aruvippuram temple and madhom, Swami Sandrananda proposed a vote of thanks.