Guiding Young Minds – Article in The Hindu


July 10, 2009

The Article in Hindi

Guiding young minds

Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: It is one of the most frequently asked questions to children all over the world: “What do you want to become when you grow up?” Answers apart, educationists believe the question can pose a “major existential” challenge to the children. “For a majority of the children, it is a very confusing query,” said Meenakshi Nayar, president, Etasha, a society for training adolescents for successful and healthy adulthood.

“We have found that only 5 per cent of the children have a dream career to which they are emotionally attached right from an early age,” said Ms. Nayar who along with a team of educationists is currently running career guidance programme for children of various government homes across the State. The two-day programme, which began here on Wednesday, is organised in association with the Department of Social Welfare. Over 100 children, inclu ding 54 girls, who have completed SSLC and Higher Secondary level are participating in the programme which will evaluate their inherent poten tial and talent through psychometric and aptitude tests.

“We have mapped around 400 careers and based on the tests, we will provide each candidate with a set of careers that is best suited to their individual taste and aptitude,” said Ms. Nayar.

During one of the sessions, the participants were told to write down the names of people who they admired most. While Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Abdul Kalam and Kalpana Chawla figured prominently in the list, almost all the participants also had the name of a family member, emphasising the strength of the family bond.


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