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Manish Sisodia: Minister emphasises need to boost confidence in children

Manish Sisodia: On Saturday, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia emphasised the necessity to instil confidence in children, by saying we should have faith in children’s ability to succeed and encourage them so that they can fulfil their dreams.

At the launch of the second issue of the “children first” Journal by the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR), Sisodia was delivering a pivotal message.

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“The biggest drawback of our education system is that we do not have faith in our children’s ability to succeed. The question is not what do we write in the National Education Policy (NEP), but how we interact with our children in the classrooms and at home. That shows our lack of faith in them,” he said.

Sisodia, who is also the education minister of Delhi, said that we prevent our children by asking them to dream within their boundaries whenever they share their aspirations of becoming an IAS officer, a spokesperson, a doctor, or a Supreme court Judge.

“Today, a child from a poor household can become the president. Similarly, every girl can fulfil her dream. But we have broken her confidence, which we need to instil,” he said.

Referring to Droupadi Mrumu, who took oath in July as the 15th President of the nation, India’s first tribal head of state and the second woman to occupy the country’s highest constitutional post.

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“I dream of an India where each and every child has the self-confidence to achieve whatever they want in life,” he said, adding that the Indian education system should be such that people from other countries send their children to study here.

When asked a question about what kind of India he wishes for the children he replied, “I want a country where there are good opportunities in education, job, health and justice so that we do not have to depend on other countries.” Supreme Court Justice BV Nagarathna, the chief guest at the event, said it is crucial to secure effective access to justice for children.

“India is one of the youngest countries in the world with 41 per cent of our total population comprising of persons below the age of 18. Across the country, millions of children interact with the justice system,” she said. “Given such inevitable interaction, it is necessary to secure effective access to justice. Failing which children remain vulnerable to abuses from their family, society and the state,” she further said.

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