President Abdul Hamid yesterday urged guardians not to impose anything on their children and refrain them from engaging in unhealthy competition as it hinders their natural development.
“Don’t push your children into bad competition. Don’t run after GPA-5 or Golden GPA. Give them the opportunity to learn from nature and groom them as human beings with values. You will see that they will become invaluable resources for the nation.”
The president said this while addressing the closing ceremony of National Children Competition 2019 organised by Bangladesh Shishu Academy (BSA) on its premises.
He also urged children to practice patriotism and be imbued with the spirit of the Liberation War and independence.
“The birth centenary of Bangabandhu will be celebrated in 2020 with due respect. You will be partners in celebrating the event. You will know about Bangabandhu, in particular, about his principles, ideologies and leadership qualities, and reflect on them in your own lives,” he said.
“Bangabandhu did not just bring us freedom. In order to spread the benefits of independence among common people, regardless of religion and caste, he took all steps to create a hunger and poverty-free prosperous country. But the anti-liberation force tried to stop it by killing him,” he added.
The country is on track of prosperity and progress, he said, adding, “You (children) have to take part in the journey of progress. You must prepare yourselves as qualified partners.”
Women and Children Affairs Secretary Kamrun Nahar presided over the prize giving ceremony. Parliamentary Standing Committee on Women and Children Affairs Ministry Chairman Meher Afroz Chumki and writer Selina Hossain were also present at the ceremony.