Once there was a time when we used to regard our parents and teachers with awe. The question of retaliation when scolded by our parents or elders never arises in our minds. We used to greet our elders, parents and teachers with love and humbleness. Now, gone are those days. Youths of today lack manners and discipline. They raise their voice and retaliate when scolded by their parents and teachers. They too greet their teachers but in an unruly way- like hi, hello, hay etc.. etc.

Some of them greet their teachers even with punches or stones( ha.. ha.. ha) . What I mean to say is that they retaliate or even try to take revenge if they are punished by their teachers. Like for example, a few years back, there was a lot of hue and cry about a case involving some students beating their teacher on some matter. So, such cases of indiscipline among youths are increasing day by day. Its true that youths are a reckless lots- always wanting to experiment new things, taste new things.

There is hot blood running in them. But even then, we cana€™t keep them running wild or leave them to mend their ways by themselves. They need a firm grip or hold, a brake type. And this is possible only by imbibing moral or value education- which is very much lacking in our present scenario. If we were to ask a student, what is meant by value education, we wona€™t get an appropriate answer. Its because they havena€™t received moral or value education in a proper manner. In some schools, the subject moral science is there.

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But the way it has been taught a€“ just as a light subject-question and answer type- the whole approach is not right. Teachers and students, both, take the subject lightly as it is not included in the board exam. But no one has considered the importance and value of this subject- how it will help a student, or an individual for that matter, in the long run. Value education will be the brake that is very much needed to control the youths or it serve as a steering wheel which will steer our youths towards a fruitful and meaningful end .

It will help the youths to listen to their inner voice- the conscience. And they will hesitate and have second thoughts before committing a wrong deed, say stealing lying, cheating and such. And it will also imbibe in them values like honesty, sincerity, truthfulness, courage, proper manners and also how to control their urges, desires and whims. Moral education should be made compulsory in all schools. We cana€™t say that the personality of a youth or an individual is complete, just because he is well educated until and unless the knowledge of moral alue is there in his education. Parents, elders and teachers should try to impart education to the youths. Organizing seminars and workshops based on moral or value educations, especially for the youths have become a must. Just recently, a few weeks back, I had attended a workshop on the topic, a€?Moral Degradation Of Young Generationa€? which was organized by the a€?New Era Progressive Centre, Singjamei Chingamathaka€? at Youth Hostel. It was attended by about 50-60 adolescents (mostly from class IX to XII).

After attending that workshop, I felt the need and importance of organizing such programmes. At that workshop, we discussed about the problems of youths, the causes of their moral degradation and how to solve it. The issue of Globalization- how it the name of modernization, youths are degrading their behavior, their conduct a€“ using alcohols, drugs, substances and such; then the problem of pre-marital sex, its consequences- unwanted pregnancies, abortions, spreading of diseases, STD, HIV and AIDS, and in all, their moral downfall. And how to solve it..

Through proper imparting of value education, counseling, self-disciplining, participation in social activities and many more. And the need for more interaction with the youths and adolescents. The programme was a huge success. Most of the adolescent who attended the workshop were very happy and they expressed their gratitude for organizing such programmes for them. One of them, a girl told me that since her early schooldays, she had been living in hostels and so she was searching for such a person with whom she could confide, share her troubles, guide her and satisfy her curiosity.

And she got all that after attending the workshop. Some of them also told me that they gained lots of information regarding sex, HIV and AIDS, and mostly the importance of moral education. At the end of the day, they requested the organizers of that workshop to organize such programmes more frequently and to include them. So, from this experience, I felt the need for organizing such valuable programmes- how the interaction with the youths, sharing information and knowledge on various issues with them, and mostly keeping in contact with them is very essential.

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