Research studies by Prof Chris Stringer author of “The Origin of Our Species”, Prof Kristen Hawkes of University of Utah, Professor Rachel Caspari of Central Michigan University and many more have established that grandparents have indeed played a stellar role in the evolution of human civilization in terms of foraging food, locating water supplies, identifying poisonous food, teaching skills of tool making etc apart from babysitting, making toys with common items and most importantly passing on vital wisdom on human relationships
Every child has fond memories forever of their grandparents holding on their tiny hands with affection and telling fairy tales as well as narrating interesting episodes from great epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata. Most children in India today indeed proudly claim their knowledge of these epics from “kahani” sessions by grandparents. Dadi Maa ki Khaniyan has always been an integral component of Indian civilization. It is essential that this generation of children in India today realize that Grandparents are indeed our heritage as well as essential members of our families and communities. .
Indian values have long been tied to a particularly high degree of respect for the elderly. A common tradition in India has been the young touching the feet of the elderly as a sign of love and respect. The changing value system in Indian society has pushed the elderly to old age homes or isolated them to care for themselves. It emerges beyond doubt that the early childhood education of children in schools must emphasize on lifelong love and care for the elderly in addition to respect.
With an aim to make children recognize and appreciate the elderly population, for their values and contribution made to their families and the society, JMA Pilani celebrated Grandparents day on August 03, 2013 at the school premises.
Mrs Booma Natarajan Principal JMA Pilani welcomed the grandparents who had over six decades of wisdom and said that they are the ones who give the child unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, storytelling, reciting rhymes, lessons in life apart from the regular feed of creamy biscuits and yummy chocolates.
The children from nursery and LKG entertained their grandparents with the activities of the school. After a hearty tea snack break, the grand mothers and grand fathers played musical chair with the grand children cheering them up. It goes without saying that the grandparents had entered the school in the morning as 60 plus and left as 6 minus when the celebrations got over. About JMA Pilani:
Hometown to the Birla family, Pilani in the heart of Shekhawati region of Rajasthan is well known in India today for various educational institutions, CSIR Laboratory CEERI as well as the upcoming BrahMos Missile Assembly Project unit. Smt Jamuna Mishra Academy - JMA Pilani is a Co-educational English Medium School with Experienced Teachers, Spacious Classrooms and Modern Amenities Designed to impart Quality Education combined with All Round Personality Development and lay the Best Foundation for the Child's Future. Established in the year, 2004 JMA which has been making rapid strides in early childhood education derives its inspiration from the quote “Information is just bits of data while knowledge is putting them together and wisdom is transcending them” is presently one among the most sought after and top ranking schools in Pilani. For more details see http://jmapilani.org/