Ageing with Dignity through Intergenerational Bonding
26 September 2017
International day of the Older Persons, celebrated on the 1st of October, aims to raise awareness of how older persons are a vital part of our society and ways to ensure the menace of age discrimination is eliminated. What better way to spread this message than by organizing a sensitization programme for the youth. RRTC Anugraha collaborated with United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan and FORE School of Management to organize a sensitization programme for Educationists and students on intergenerational bonding on the 26th September at U.N Conference hall.
The inaugural ceremony was graced by the Chief Guest, P.J Kurien, Hon’ble Deputy Chairman Rajya Sabha, Dr. Jitendra Das, Director of Fore School of Management, Mr. Rajiv Chandran, NIO UNIC and Dr. Aabha Chaudhary, Chairperson, Anugraha. Dr. Aabha Chaudhary delivered the opening remarks by talking about the importance of intergenerational bonding and the need for young adults to be sensitized on the relevance of family values. Dr. Jitendra Das in his keynote address, focused on the pivotal role young adults can play to help the elderly. Prof P.J Kurien, spoke about the prejudicial attitude that exists in the society against older persons that stems from the existing poverty in our country. Such discrimination hinders their contribution to political, economic, cultural sphere. He called for action from the State to break this vicious cycle through ensuring compulsory education for all. Mr. Rajiv Chandran, who delivered the vote of thanks, called for young adults to act as vigilance officers in their neighbourhood to help the elderly.
The panel discussion commenced with Mr. Anand Katoch, Director, National Institute of Social Defence, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India, who spoke on the global view of ageing and super ageing. Dr. Shalini Taneja, Associate Professor, FORE School of Management, highlighted on “Antar”, a project led by a socially responsible group of the FORE school of Management whose motto is to bring about cheer in the lives of the elderly. The next panelist, Dr. Seema Puri, Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition, Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi, in her fun session elaborated on how young adults can learn plenty from the lives of their grandparents and to hone the art of listening to their rich life experiences. Ms. Sonia Luthra, Principal, ASN School, sensitized the students on helping the elderly with digitalization in order to make their lives easier and more comfortable. The final panelist, sister Asha from the organization Brahmakumaris, enlightened the audience on the on the relevance of acceptance, love and respect across all generations and the need of the hour to value the family values, to sustain them and pass them onto the next generation. The session struck a chord with the students as they promised to help the elderly in every manner possible; to help incorporate them into the fast moving world we are a part of.
Around 150 students from over 20 schools in Delhi- NCR region participated in the sensitization programme. The session drew to a close with the students taking an oath to sensitize others in their immediate community about the issue. The students and teachers collectively decided to celebrate the month of October as grandparent’s month and conduct activities to help develop a deep bond between them. The sensitization programme was closely aligned to the theme of the 2017 International Day of Older Persons “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society” and focused on the pathways that enables them to participate actively in the society.