Going back to school

Day one of the First Term of school yesterday had different beginnings for different students around the country.

While thousands of students returned as expected to classes, brimming with confidence and fully equipped to start another brand new term, there were some who still had issues to contend with.

Their challenge included having to cross a dangerous bridge in Nasinu, returning to classes in tents and experiencing flooding in some places in the Western Division for starters.

Our challenge though as parents and guardians is to rise above all these factors and help children realise their dreams.

Government has provided opportunities for our children with its focus on education.

It is a partnership we should nurture and encourage.

Can we afford to shrug aside the influence of parents and guardians in the process of education for our children?

Shouldn’t we embrace this as a vital component for change?

Surely change must include attitude and behaviour.

There should be a change in the way we do things and how we can ride on these changes to nurture a way of life and thinking that promotes education.

Studies would show that parents and guardians can have a positive influence on how children develop.

This positive influence on a child’s life can have a lasting impact on personal development.

For this to be effective though, there has to be acceptance by parents and guardians of the very important role they play in a child’s development.

Yesterday was day one at school for thousands of children around the country.

For many parents and guardians, yesterday was about trying to get past the first hurdle of Year One.

For the young students, it meant a change in surroundings and the addition of new faces.

It meant having to live with the reality that their parents and guardians would not be around them in school. It meant trying to accept the fact that they would be starting on a journey of learning. Surely there were many emotional scenes. It is a fact of life though and part and parcel of being first-timers in school.

This is when family support is very important. It forms the base from which a child’s education is built on and his or her love for learning is developed and encouraged.

Family support is vital. It is a critical element in the nurturing process that should support the development of a child.

It serves as a catalyst for great steps forward and is a positive reflection of how important education is to a family and students.

The challenge though is how we maintain that support structure and continue to create an environment that is conducive to learning.

As we head into day two today, we wish every student the best over the weeks ahead of them and hope they will embrace what is indeed a great opportunity to learn new things.

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