Source- Times of India
The Goa Girls Islamic Organisation is currently running a 10 day-campaign ‘My Parents My Paradise’ to educate students about the rights of elderly parents, and the children’s duty towards them. “After gauging the current scenario in Goa, where elderly abuse is on the rise, we felt the need to do something about this issue,” says Sharmin Khan, state president of the Girls Islamic Organisation.
‘THE ELDERLY DESERVE OUR LOVE, CARE AND RESPECT’
The campaign aims to teach younger people about elder care. People undergo a lot of changes during old age, be it physical or cognitive, and require our love and attention during this difficult time, which they are being deprived of.
“Today, we see children abandoning their parents and disrespecting them. Sometimes, we even prioritize our careers over them. Through this campaign, we want to tell the young generation that just providing monetary care and a roof over their heads is not enough. We should give them the love, care, attention and respect they deserve,” says Sharmin, adding, “We are also hoping to initiate a state policy for senior citizens, and bring a desired change in the outlook of family members towards the elders in the family.”
EDUCATING CHILDREN AND PARENTS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THEIR BOND
The sessions are designed to make children reflect and ponder on the importance of parents.
“We also have face to face interactions, meetings and panel discussions,” says Sharmin.
The organisation is visiting various schools and colleges to conduct sessions on adult care. They are also organising special workshops to teach parents how to develop the parent-child relationship.
“Children need to be raised with love and affection, which will condition the child to believe that they can do the same when the parents grow old,” she explains.