Teachers take more responsibility of children’s overall development than parents: Samuel Reddy, chairman Spandana Eda International Foundation.

Apart from academic education, teachers should take steps in curbing the child abuse and inculcate a positive attitude among them.

Srikakulam: Teachers are the ones, who guide the society said Samuel Reddy, Chairman of the ‘Spandana Eda International Foundation (SEIF)’. Speaking at a special programme ‘TREND’ here on Saturday, organized with the theme of the role of teachers in the mental development of children, he said that the role of teachers was more important than that of parents in shaping the career and life of children. He said despite there being no formal relationship with children, teacher always thinks about their upbringing.

Samuel Reddy also said that teachers were most respected professionals in the society and the role of teachers was crucial in the psychological development of students. He reminded that even the Prime Minister of the country learnt lessons from a teacher. He informed that when he received the award from the Hon’ble Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu, for his service and activities, he remembered the teachers, who had made him a great personality. “The lessons they taught and the education they gave offered, made me stand at this level”, he said. “The incident that took place in our house under unforeseen circumstances left much to be desired. We started the foundation with the hope that no parent would feel as bad as we did,” he said. We are moving forward with the intention of preventing suicides among youth and children, said Samuel Reddy.

“Today I saw how the father feels pain, when his daughter was no more”, said District Education officer Smt. Pagadalamma. Speaking on the occasion, she thanked the SEIF for reminding teachers and parents of their responsibility to ensure that students do not take extremes steps. The DEO also suggested that parents should set aside some time for their children and let the children know the value of time and money. On the occasion of World Suicide Prevention Day, she said it was commendable that the foundation was conducting simultaneous awareness programmes across at 14 different centers. “The foundation has so far reached out to more than 3,000 people, and 170 people have told me that my programmes helped them reverse their decision to end their life informed Samuel Reddy. He informed that a Psychological & Counselling Centre would be set up in Guntur at a cost of Rs 25 crore to prevent forced deaths. He said that the role of teachers was crucial in inculcating a positive attitude in children and that was the prime reason for organizing this programme for teachers.

Those struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts are urged to reach out to the helpline 8885558129, or send an email to spandanaedaif@gmail.com.