Muawad Mustafa Rashid
By the end of this month and at most mid-June the schools will go on summer holiday.
Educationally school holidays are a must as a break from studying overstraining.
As the end of the school year comes, kids are tired and get stressed out, gasping for a break from long school days, usually starting in the mornings.
We are mindful that during the school holidays the kid needs to rest.
During the school holidays, kids need less structured activities, allowing them time simply to wind down at their own pace and play/read, etc but tend to spend their time doing what interests them.
However, the reality is that the holidays can seem to stretch out indefinitely, and after the first week of enjoying the novelty of freedom, boredom inevitably sets in.
It is high time for the government to work out a plan to benefit from the students during the summer holidays; otherwise, they will be vulnerable to delinquency or malpractices and deviation to immorality.
We urge the government to invest the energies of the pupils through allocating resources to those interested or motivated to do national work or duties such as environmental sanitation.
Or at least an additional financial package should be allocated for environmental sanitation and preparing for the rainy season or any purposeful projects in agriculture and small-scale industries.
There are already funds allocated for confronting the rainy season potential disasters, so why doesn’t the government circulate a memorandum to the popular committees in all districts announcing temporary recruitment for pupils to work during the summer holidays in the planned projects against certain incentives to cover their expenses on one hand and to do useful work to their country on the other hand, let alone helping their families from their savings.
By doing this we can help the pupils and the families as well.
Such practice will inculcate and feed the sense of patriotism in pupils and loyalty to the nation — most importantly– will equip them for work, dedication, and production.
Investing in the summer holidays should not be considered by officials in the government as a luxurious issue, rather as the state priority to protect the society and those kids from the risks of the vacuum resulting from the holidays.
There are several activities to upgrade cultural, social, and sporting skills that could involve students for common benefit.