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Reddy Calls For Need To ‘Reclaim Our Children’ From Criminal Activities

  If we can reclaim our children, the country will definitely cut down on criminal activities such as drugs, assaults, etc, says Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy.
07 Apr 2017 11:00
Reddy Calls For Need To ‘Reclaim Our Children’ From Criminal Activities
Mahendra Reddy

 

If we can reclaim our children, the country will definitely cut down on criminal activities such as drugs, assaults, etc, says Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy.

Mr Reddy said developing a child required an entire community including business stakeholders, religious leaders, parents, teachers and the Ministry of Education.

The minister emphasised that children were no longer living in the days when their parents need not know what they were reading in newspapers, reading or watching on their tablets or laptops or who was texting them on their phone.

“Those days were different, it was very easy to raise children then so our parents were oblivious and they think that things are the same, but they don’t realise society has changed,” Mr Reddy said.

“Children need a lot of guidance and we are doing our best that is why we launched Pillar 4 – parental engagement and they must read that.”

Mr Reddy said they had circulated two pages of summary of the Pillar 4  of the Education Reforms Parental  Engagement.

Speaking on issues such as children found sniffing glue, involved in drugs and going to night clubs without the knowledge of their parents, Mr Reddy said: “If we and our parents can reclaim our children, we will definitely cut down on these things by 70-80 per cent.”

In relation to the drug related activities, Mr Reddy said while Police were doing an excellent job in eradicating the supply side (marijuana growers and suppliers), the parents, teachers and ministry must work to fix the demand side.

“They (Police) are fixing the supply side, they are burning the drug farms pulling out people selling marijuana, but the equation is not balanced until we fix the demand side.

“And who deals with the demand side: us in the ministry, teachers, parents, community and religious leaders.”

He said they needed to kill the demand from students to engage in these type of behaviour and conduct.

He also urged businesses to understand what was right and wrong for the children because in the long run, any wrong activities would hunt them down.

“If the child comes to the shop to ask for a roll (cigarette) or beer, I should realise his or her age and turn him down and this is where social responsibility comes.

Mr Reddy added that their decisions would help determine the peace of the community they live in.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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