Health Desk—Nov 26, 2017: Mistreatment by parents and teachers stunt children's mental growth, said discussants on Sunday.
The discussion was jointly organized by Prothom Alo- DANO titled, “Raise children to be self-reliant”, at the Bangla daily's office in Dhaka.
The speakers suggested controlling negative emotions and raising positive attitudes among children at the early age. They said children develop their behavioural patterns, attitudes and decision-making capacity from peers, parents, neighbours and teachers. They noted that effective parenting and awareness can help in this process of developing personality.
Addressing the programme, Kendrio Kochi Kachar Mela Chairman Khandaker Ibrahim Khaled said a child's personality is not inherited but a learning process.
Unicef Education Manager Mohammad Mohsin said abusing or humiliating children can prevent them develop positive emotions. “Preventing them from asking questions can make them vulnerable. We should raise them as self-learners instead. All these factors increase their adaptive capacity,” said Mohsin.
Director of child protection at Save the Children Laila Khondkar, Project director for indigenous children's education Meherun Nahar, actress Moutushi Biswas, Associate Prof Shahana Nasrin of Dhaka University and Associate Prof Sultana Algin of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, among others, spoke in the event.