TEZPUR, Nov 10 - �If a school cannot give value education to the students, education can never be a complete process. If the students do not know how to show honour to their teachers, to their school bus driver, or to their chowkidar, or to the school canteen boy, then there is something amiss with the education system. We must give moral education to the students as morals and human values are the basic foundations for the future of any individual.� This was observed by noted Bollywood actor, playwright, director, social activist and rugby player, Rahul Bose while delivering his speech as chief guest of the Founder�s Award and speech programme of the 20th Founder�s Day of Assam Valley School near here on Sunday.
Rahul Bose who is also the chairman of a nationally-acclaimed NGO �The Foundation� referring to the education provided to the students by AVS over the last two decades with special focus on morality and value education, further said that in this regard, AVS has been able to carry out such responsibilities. Referring to his personal and professional experience in different fields including in the cinema world and working for the needy and displaced people across the nation, he also said that to achieve success in life, one must make persistent efforts and have perseverance. �There is no shortcut to success,� he said.
�Adding value education is the process by which people give values to others. It can be an activity that can take place in any organisation in which people are assisted by others, who may be older, in a position of authority or are more experienced, to make explicit those values with their own behaviour, to assess the effectiveness of these values and associated behaviour for their own and others� long-term well-being and to reflect on and acquire values and behaviour of others which they recognise as being more effective for the long-term well-being of oneself and others. Value education can take place at the home, as well as in schools, colleges, universities, jails and voluntary youth organisations,� he said.
In her welcome address, principal of the Sonia Gandhi Mehta, said that the teachers should be dedicated in their service which reflects in the students� life. Referring to Abraham Lincoln�s saying �All adventures that probably includes wars, tragedy and sorrow and to live this life will require faith, love and courage,� she urged the teachers to take the students by their hands and teach them things they will have to know, teaching them gently if they could. She also said that they should teach the students that for every enemy there is a friend. �He will have to know that all men are not just, that all men are true. But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero, that for every crooked politician, there is a dedicated leader. Teach him if you can that 10 cents earned is far more in value than a dollar found. In school, for a teacher it is far more honourable to fail than to cheat. Teach him to learn how to gracefully lose, and enjoy winning when he does win.� She also urged the teachers to teach the students the wonders of books, but also give time to ponder over the mysterious birds in the sky, bees in the sun and flowers on the green hill, teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if everyone tells him he is wrong.
Member of the board of governors, Victor Benarjee, Kabita Khaitan and noted social worker Dr Lakhi Goswami among others were also present. Three books were also released and students showing excellent performance in different areas including academics and sports were awarded by the guests present on the occasion.