Children in Nepal – Adults of Tomorrow or Adult’s Prey?

Posted by: Aarju Pandey

Children and Nepal is quite a disappointing topic. There is discrimination among genders. Cruel treatment of kids is also not rear. Children are mostly taken seriously. This is a problem waiting to be solved.

Some parents and adults think it quite all right to spank or beat children when they make mistakes. I think this is the most disgusting and lowly method to punish. Hands should only be used as a last resort, if used at all. There are better ways, these include discussions of any kind or sort. You can also give strong warnings and “one last chance.” Parents have to try and understand that the kid did not make the mistake deliberately to cause his/her parents trouble. Neither the parent nor the kid should feel as though the entire world is resting on his/her shoulders. The right thing to do is calm down and think over whatever has happened with a cool attitude. Adults should remember that the punishment matter is trivial what counts is that the kid walks away with the right idea after making a mistake.

Another thing in the treatment of children is difference between genders. In some rural places, the object of being a parent is to produce at least one son. Daughters are of no value there. In today’s world there is nothing a male can do that a female cannot, so creating unnecessary and unneeded difference between the two genders is horrible and should not be done.

I have observed in many Nepali families, the children of the house are told to hush up in front of guests. This is completely wrong, kids should be encouraged to speak their mind and think freely. This way they will learn to enter the world as leaders and great people and make a difference. Kids cannot be shoved down by adults because they are the adults of tomorrow so their childhood should be teeming with lessons and values for the time to come.

There is nothing in the world that makes me more mad than, “Daughters should speak and laugh quietly and do dishes and etc. etc. etc.” I have seen houses where all women do is cook, clean, and say namaste to guests at get-togethers. In my family it is just my parents my sister and I. When I was recently in Nepal, we got a lot of, “Oh! Two daughters? You’ll need a son of course.” This is one of the main hitches that stops Nepal from coming neck to neck with other countries.

In conclusion, I believe that children of all ages and genders should be treated the same way as adults. This is the key ingredient to moving forward as people. They are the kids of today but the responsible adults of tomorrow. Children are on a path to adulthood and the many obstacles in this path should be able to teach them to live life successfully, honestly, and happily as an adult.

Children in Nepal – Adults of Tomorrow or Adult’s Prey? was last modified: August 21st, 2007 by Aarju Pandey
 

Blog Comments

  1. Aneesh Lohani

    I agree with you. It’s important to empower children and allow them to think freely, giving them the space to form opinions and express themselves. They grow up to be socially inept or mostly reticent and reserved. This affects their ability to realize, participate and contribute.

    The other problem is the school system that is either substandard or economically driven. There aren’t creative, involving and enterprising projects in schools, nor are children taught to participate in anything. The ‘odd’ sports facilities in schools are erected to attract prospective students. There are no debate clubs or competitions, school papers, science clubs, etc. Although, I agree with you that charity should start at home, the big problem is the school system.

  2. Rabin Karki

    I read your article. I must say that you selected a good subject to write on. But I disagree on some points presented in your article, I point out some in my following discussion:
    -> You wrote ‘In today’s world there is nothing a male can do that a female cannot, so creating unnecessary and unneeded difference between the two genders is horrible and should not be done.’. I totally agree there should be no discrimination or biasness due to the gender alone. But what I oppose is your saying a female can do everything a male can. You obviously know that there are differences and there are somethings which only male or female can do. Besides there’s no point saying ‘In today’s world’. Why do you think female couldn’t do what male could in ‘Yesterday’s world’?
    -> You wrote ‘In conclusion, I believe that children of all ages and genders should be treated the same way as adults.’. I’m afraid, hat’s not a very good conclusion. There are fundamental differences between adults and children and we must treat each of them differently.
    -> Your title ‘….or Adult’s Prey’ doesn’t coagulate in your article. I think you chose a very strong word to express the treatment by adults towards the children. Actually I was expecting you were writing about sexual harassment of children by adults, seeing that title. It would have been better if you’ve chosen a more cogent title for the post.

  3. sangharsha

    “Children of all ages and genders should be treated the same way as adults.” This is absolutely right, along with all your views. We need to broaden up our eyes & mind on this matter and be liberal to put kids first.

  4. nishchal

    Yes your logic is correct. Child rights in Nepal are really bad. It’s the age when one start to explore and be more enthusiastic in many things. We shouldn’t suppress there feelings and questions. Hope new generation won’t follow their faulty adult’s behavior.

  5. Rajendra Keshari Pandey

    You are very bold, courageous and precise writer that is what I like about you. Your first sentence you have written Quote Children and Nepal is quite a disappointing topic. There is discrimination among genders. Cruel treatment of kids is also not rear. Children are mostly taken seriously. This is a problem waiting to be solved Unquote—- will suffice to understand your whole write-up. The sky is the limit. Your writing shows the bright future of yours. This is not a praise of yours. My above lines came from the heart. Please keep it up Aarju. With my best wishes.

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