|Ireland's Youth... seeds of the future.
“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove... but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”
Forest E. Witcraft 1894-1967
"The prime purpose of being four is to enjoy being four... of secondary importance is to prepare for being five."
Jim Trelease, The Read-Aloud Handbook, 1985
- On this earth, we are only here a short while. It is our responsibility OUR DUTY to ensure we protect the freedoms, opportunities and environment of the future generations. Anything less is selfish and unacceptable.
- We must protect our land and our heritage to pass on to the youth of tomorrow, and instil in them the same responsibility to protect and continue these things long after we are gone.
- We must ensure each child has full opportunity for education. Education that embraces social and spiritual guidance as part of its curriculum. The purpose of education should not be to produce 'workers and taxpayers', but to contribute to the societal development, intelligence, confidence and inner contentment that will see them go forth in life at peace with themselves and the world.
- The safety and well-being of our youth must be paramount.
- A greater 'Social Consciousness' should be encouraged, to understand that our own behaviour is a child's greatest teacher and influence.
- Greater focus on providing more programs for our young are necessary, but not just programs based on new costs, but preferably increased programs based on voluntary participation and support.
- Restrictions and legislations need to be examined and if necessary changed, to free up opportunities and allow greater 'grass roots' activities for children and youth.
- The young people of this country don't need books and computers as much as they need us to lead them by example.
"You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing.
What! Is it nothing to be happy?
Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long?
Never in his life will he be so busy again."
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile, 1762