Tuesday December 10, 2019

Every Child Should Have Access To Formal Education: Boman Irani

Boman Irani believes hat every child in the country should have access to formal education

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Boman Irani
Boman Irani wants every child in the country to have access to education. Wikimedia Commons

Thursday was Children’s Day, and veteran actor Boman Irani used the occasion to draw attention to the fact that every child in the country should have access to formal education, although that is not the only way to educate an individual.

“In my opinion, basic education should be accessible to every child in this country. Later, they should practice their choice on higher education, and things should not be imposed on them. I am not a big believer in formal education because I am a self-taught actor and photographer. I do not believe that one can only education himself between the age of five to 25. But I say that because formal education did not work for me that well,” Boman told IANS.

“Having said that I think when children go to school, they get a sense of childhood (later in their lives) because that is how society looks at children who are cared for. What they learn in school, and how much they are educated by attending class, is a different discussion. But access to education — the whole thing of wearing uniform, walking together with classmates and going to school — such things give them a structure in life,” he said.

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According to Boman Irani basic education should be accessible to every child in this country. Pixabay

Boman plays a pivotal role in the new film “Jhalki”, which addresses the issue of child labour. He essays the character of Shyam Singh in the film, which is broadly based on the Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, who is known for his relentless work for children’s rights and Bachpan Bachao movement.

“Jhalki” is one of the releases in the Children’s Day weekend. The film revolves around the struggle of a young girl from an underprivileged background. She is in search for her brother who is employed as child labour and has gone missing. The film is directed by Brahmanand Siingh, and features two child artistes — Aarti and Goraksha — along with Sanjay Suri, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Divya Dutta and Govind Namdev.

“When a child wishes to go to school but doesn’t get the chance to do so owing to poverty, he or she feels like an outcast. That is almost criminal,” said the actor.

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Interestingly, Boman has played characters like Viru Sahastrabuddhe (“3 Idiots”), Dr JC Asthana (“Munna Bhai MBBS”) that show another extreme side of higher education — how it can suffocate young minds. The actor mentions he has treated each of these characters differently, keeping his personal opinion aside.

“I reserve my opinion and never impose it on the character I portray in the film, because every character serves to tell a story and I am just an actor there. I am not judging the character. Personally, I do not support such imposition on students,” said the actor, who recently appeared “Made In China”. (Bollywood Country)

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Sonakshi Joins Forces With UNESCO To Promote Safe Cyber Environment

Children are easy targets for cyber bullying, online sexual abuse and exploitation

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Sonakshi Joins Forces With UNESCO To Promote Safe Cyber Environment
Sonakshi Joins Forces With UNESCO To Promote Safe Cyber Environment. Flickr

Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha has joined forces with Unesco to promote a safe and secure cyber environment for youngsters to ensure they are not targeted for bullying, abuse, exploitation and more through the internet.

A post on the official Twitter handle of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s New Delhi cluster office read on Thursday: “Sonakshi Sinha joins Unesco to promote safe and secure online environment for children and help empower our future digital citizens.”

Sonakshi retweeted it, and shared a video captioned: “I stand for protection of children.”

In the video, she says: “Internet use in India is exploding and mobile access has really changed the game. But what does that mean for a country with the world’s largest child’s population? Is cyberspace safe for the children who are under 18? All 470 million of them? Do our girls get to lead their internet life with dignity. The truth is that the risks they are facing are shocking.

“Children are easy targets for cyber bullying, online sexual abuse and exploitation, enticement to illegal behaviour and many more such horrific things. It is also true that internet and social media play a huge part in influencing the truth today. I am truly concerned, and as an active citizen, I would like to make sure that our boys and girls are protected both online and offline.”

Unicef congratulated the "Dabangg" actress for being a champion of child rights
Unicef congratulated the “Dabangg” actress for being a champion of child rights. flickr

Stressing on the importance of education on the safe use of online spaces, the actress said it will equip boys and girls to be prepared to report any type of abuse or exploitation.

“This is something that has been highlighted by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals which I fully and truly support. That’s why I am joining forces with Unesco to help find cyber threats to children. I would also urge you to partner with Unesco and other agencies to help promote child safety online and help empower our future digital citizens.

“Let’s come together to help build a safer cyber space for and with our children.”

Also read: Sonakshi Sinha: Its Important to Rise Above Looks

Unicef congratulated the “Dabangg” actress for being a champion of child rights. (IANS)