With the advancement of science and technology current generation of kids have been bombarded with exciting cartoons, addicting video games, social media activities, messaging apps, TV series and many other time-taking online engagements. While all these activities have certain advantages in terms of knowledge, exposure and enhanced mental activities; parents are much worried about multiple-fold side effects. Below are some of them:
– Video games are causing aggression and psychological disorder
– TV channels are waste of time, most of the times.
– TV shows and dramas provide non-beneficial knowledge and information
– Kids’ responsiveness to their parents call is getting poorer
– Social life is impacted as kids prefer to stay at home and watch TV instead of visiting their relatives place.
– Kids prefer to ‘play’ on their parents mobile instead of playing in the play-ground.
– Physical health graph is declining due to increase in obesity and vision issues
How to cope up with this
situation? Below are some recommendations:
1- Limit screen time by defining house-rules and strictly practice. Parents need to set examples by putting their mobiles away during this time as well.
2- Try to have “daddy time” and “mommy time” every day. This way children will spend some quality time with you. This will lead to establishing stronger bonds with your kids.
3- Practice no digital day – A day when nobody is allowed to use any gadgets. Only you (parents) can check their mobile devices for a specific time just to make sure there is no urgency at work or with any relatives.
4- Encourage book reading. Today’s readers are tomorrow’s leaders. Provide your children with adequate number of books on different subject. During book reading time, you should also be reading too. Let your kids share their thoughts at the end of book reading sessions
5- Play games at home. Introduce your kids with carem board, chess, checkers or any traditional games that you used to play during your childhood.
6- Provide conditional access to the TV with restricted timings. Example: Tell your kid that as soon as he finishes science homework he is entitled to watch TV for 30 minutes. The effort-result approach will ensure that the kid has to ‘earn’ it.
7- Distribute house chores to kids. Example: Today kid-A will distribute the food on the dining table and clean the table afterwards. Next day, next kid. This will teach them some skills and sense of responsibility and prevent them watch TV.
8- Spend some time to find some good YouTube videos about kids crafts, riddles, house games, general manners, science and latest technology, funny cartoons etc. Make sure the videos you choose have some purpose. Encourage your kids to watch these videos instead of letting them choose what they want to watch.
9- Kids should be discouraged to use parents mobiles. Even if you have the best video to show them, do not handover your mobile device to them. Such actions develop their habits. If you do so, your kid might pick up your phone while you are away.
10- Cancel your TV subscriptions and encourage kids to search for meaningful videos online.
11- Do not keep the TV in your kids’ room.
12- Develop habit of sleeping early. Turn the lights off at 9PM.
13- Upon asking my 9 years old daughter on how to reduce TV time, she responded, “hide the remote” 🙂
What are your recommendations on reducing the TV time for your kids? Enlighten us with your thoughts.
Students start thinking from their teenage on what they want to be
in future. Out of their curiosity, they consult their parents however many of
parents do not have detailed knowledge and exposure about careers, professions,
hobbies and skills to give proper guidance to their children about. Let
your children go through the below list and come up with the top 5 professions
they are interested in. over the course of time their focus will start
shifting to a specific one which will help you choosing the right college in
While each school strive to initiate and implement actions which are good for school, staff, parents and off course, for students, yet there are certain actions which we do not agree on. This page gives you the opportunity to share your thoughts on what needs to be stopped.
To understand your feedback well, it is recommended to be more descriptive as much as possible.
This article provides 15+ prime roles and responsibilities of Ministry of Education.
Take Full Control of Policies, Decisions and Planning activities.
MoE must ensure strong grip and governance on the educational polices, regulation, educational systems across the country.
Regulation of New School Systems
It is observed that every now and then a new school system is introduced specially in India, Pakistan and African nations, claiming to be the best whereas no genuine efforts to meet the minimum acceptance criteria of a new schooling system. Such new business lack in proper planning for curriculum setup, teaching faculties training, integration with existing school systems and compliance with local laws.
App and Website Development
There should be centralized mobile apps and websites developed by MoE with the aim to provide best-in-class techniques, trainings, business collaborations, new trends across education industry. Every single school of the country has to be member of this group. Through these apps MoE can perform survey and seek opinions pertaining to existing polices or new ideas.
Careful Utilization of Educational Budget
There could be so many possible expenses when it comes to allocation of budget. For example, new school opening, salary payments of staff, investment in science and technology, IT infrastructure upgrade, trainings, international memberships, marketing and media needs and so on. It is extremely important for the MOE to assign Subject Matter Experts with strong analytical and visionary approach. Every single penny incorrectly spent will result in huge loss for the nation.
Macro Guidance to all Educational Institutes
MoE should provide macro level guidance to all educational institutes covering Marketing, HR, market dynamics, industry trends.
Integration of Different Schooling Systems
Many students face problems while moving from one schooling system to another. Ministry should work with policy makers to establish a unified integration system to avoid such issues.
Schools Ranking System
There should be a dedicated government department that defines criteria for best institute. Annual strict audit should be performed against these points and school ranking to be released on official website. Each school should be graded as Poor, Acceptable, Good or Excellent. This approach will result in competition and continuous improvement. The bench-marking should cover wide range of aspects linked with education industry.
Compulsory Education Assurance
MoE should establish a dedicated committee supported by auditors who can consistently perform audits on whether compulsory education is being ensured.
Counseling Service for Higher Education
MoE should have an online portal where students should be given guidance and exposure about different options they can consider. In the form of FAQs students should be given guidance for how, where and when.
Ministry should collaborate with international organizations across the globe to arrange scholarships for the bright students. There should be a dedicated section on the MoE’s website where students are provided the details about all kind of scholarships.
Not everyone should be allowed to start teaching career. This ruins the quality of education. MoE must establish a mechanism for best teachers criteria that results in qualification of certain individuals to start teaching. Ministry should maintain a database of all the teachers of the country and provide them online trainings about new teaching techniques, perform surveys, seek feedback and take annual exams of all teachers.
Ministry should create and distribute curriculum guidance in line with national interests and international trends. Schools are required to comply with such requirements and produce evidence of actions taken. Annual audits may be performed.
Strict Compliance and Governance
Any schools which do not meet with MoEs instructions and compliance, should be given notices to improve. Counseling and auditing services should be provided. Consistent violators must be penalized to set example for others and to maintain high standards.
Seek Support from NGOs
Ministries should encourage NGOs by providing tax free authorization to promote better education, rural student’s assistance and so on.
Ministry should prioritize the efforts of improving literacy rate. This may be achieved via free campaigns and advertisements on state owned TV channels, radio stations and social media. There should be dedicated committee that can work with philanthropists for orphan-education support or for opening new schools.
Establishment of Open Forum
An online forum for parents, teachers, business owners will definitely help for brainstorming of new ideas. Specially parents can provide critical feedback on student-specific issues.
What are your thoughts on this article? Do you have any other suggestions on this subject? Please enlighten us with your thoughts!
This article covers 12 important aspects to ensure maximum literacy rate in poor countries of Asia and Africa in particular. The actions are required to be taken by respective ministries, local bodies, private investors, philanthropic organizations to enhance the literacy rates.
1- Free Books and Uniform
Books and uniform should be sponsored. Government should encourage entrepreneurs, industrialists, philanthropists and rich citizens to come forward and contribute for this noble cause
2- Child Labor Control
Police and local law enforcement agencies should work together to make sure no kids are appointed on the job.
3- Exposure to Parents
Govt should work on providing exposure to the parents on why education is vital for their kids. The awareness campaigns may be planned via booklets, sending location based SMS, whatsApp massaging, internet, local TV channels and village specific seminars.
4- Sponsor a kid
Govt should work on the campaigns requesting rich people of the society to sponsor the education of one kid per year.
5- Stipend Issuance
Kids having 90% class attendance should be given extra rewards.
6- Free School Fee
Up to primary class, education fee shouldn’t be charged.
7- Free Vocational Trainings
To attract the illiterate teenagers govt to consider providing free vocational trainings (carpenters, farming techniques, mechanics etc). This should be bundled with mandatory education.
8- Identify the need of New Schools
Govt should produce publicly available stats on which areas more schools are needed, how much funds are needed, how many kids will get benefit from the new school. This information will help attract local / international NGOs and rich individuals to provide funds for establishing more good schools.
9- Special Focus for Female Literacy
Govt should work on the techniques to provide awareness to parents to let their daughters study at all cost. As someone said, give me good mothers and i will give you good nation”
10- Prison Literacy
Ethical, moral and educational sessions should be scheduled to improve the prison literacy. Thousands and thousands of prisoners can become better citizens if they are provided the right amount of education.
11- Criteria of Literacy
Some of the countries have very poor literacy measurement criteria. For example, if a person can write his/her name, he is considered as literate. Countries should raise the bar of measurement and focus on to improve the quality of education as well as higher literacy rate.
12- Mandatory Schooling Years
A law must be passed that every individual must go attend at least 10 years of education. This must be linked with some citizen-specific benefits so that minimum education is ensured.
If you are curious to know the literacy rates across the world Check out this resource
What other ideas do you have on this important subject. Please enlighten us with your thoughts in comments section.
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