Encourage children to dream big for nation: President

New Delhi


President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said children should be encouraged to dream big about the country's future and explore their full potential.

"We should encourage children to dream big about the future of our nation and explore their potential to the full," Mukherjee said in his message on the eve of Children's Day.

"The future of our nation depends on our children. When provided adequate opportunity and guidance, they have immense potential to contribute to society and humanity," the President said.

"Children should have the opportunity to receive education, acquire comprehensive knowledge and develop in a child-friendly environment so that they turn into good human beings with a mission in life."

In a message to the ministry of women and child development, the President said he was happy to know that the ministry would celebrate Children's Day on November 14 by conferring the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement, 2015, Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award, 2015, and National Award for Child Welfare, 2014.

"On this occasion, I congratulate all award winners and extend my best wishes and blessings to all the children of this country," Mukherjee said.

"I wish them a happy, healthy, bright and productive future," the he added.

The awards ceremony is held every year to recognise the achievements of children and the services of individuals and institutions working for the welfare of children as well as to pay tribute to late prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

These awards are meant to encourage children with exceptional achievements and inspire others to follow in their steps. - IANS