Belthangadi: Our personality development and intelligence depends on heredity and the environment in which we grow up, said Dr. Na Someshwara said.
He was congratulating the winners of the 28th Annual Ethical Values Based Book Competitions organized under the Yoga and Moral Education Scheme under the auspices of Shantivana Trust at Dharmasthala on Saturday.
Home is the first school. Mother is the first teacher. No one is stupid. Everyone’s personality develops by adapting to the opportunities available to them in the home, school and social environment. Children should not study hard. Love to learn. At home, parents should talk freely with their children. Respond positively to their feelings. Parents should not fight in front of their children. Positive thoughts should always be inculcated in children. Do not allow negative thinking.
He opined that with a supportive and motivating environment at home, school and society, children develop into well-rounded citizens with better learning, memory and success.
Veeranna S., Managing Director of Karnataka Textbook Association of the State Government distributed the prizes to the winners of the competitions. Jatti said that Dharmasthala’s yoga and moral education scheme should be extended to all the districts of the state. Moral education has also been incorporated in the new National Education Policy. He said that Heggade will be invited and further guidance will be sought in this regard.
Presiding deacon D. Virendra Heggade said that human values are eternal and human values like love-trust, kindness, compassion, service concern, philanthropy etc. should be developed. He suggested that moral books should be read not only by students but also by parents. He said that caste is not important in moral education but ethics is important and said that things learned with interest in childhood are always remembered.
Hegde said that further efforts will be made to extend yoga and moral education to all the districts of the state.
Pranamya Dongre of Kalas, Sinchana of Bharti Primary School, Puttur, Arpita Hegde of Shirsi, Namrita Naik of Kanara High School, Mangalore and Sankada of Girls’ High School, Udupi spoke on behalf of the winners of the competitions.
Hemavathi Vee. Heggade, D. Harshendra Kumar and Belthangadi District Education Officer Virupaksha were present.
Director of Yoga and Moral Education Project Dr. Shashikant Jain welcomed.