WHAT IS HELPAGE INDIA DOING
HelpAge’s birth is synonymous with Sponsored Walks with school children. Special events were organized in the early formative years, where school children walked for the cause spreading awareness on the importance of being sensitive to the needs of the elderly. More than two lakh children took part in the program in 1979. Samson Daniel, to whom much of the credit for the formation of HelpAge goes, was the pioneer of Sponsored Walks in India.
With an existing school program, HelpAge was well on its way to bring two generations together, bringing home the importance of love and care for the elderly in the young ones.
Most young adults today remember being a part of HelpAge’s School Education program. In recent years however, with the declining value system and the rapid birth of nuclear families, the definition of a ‘Complete Family’ has seen a major change from one consisting of Father, Mother, Siblings and Grandparents in many instances, to that of simply Father, Mother and Child. Grandparents have slowly but surely are moving out of the ‘Complete Family’ circle.
To tackle this evident problem,HelpAge has been trying to inculcate Value Education on Agecare to be included in school curriculums, by organizing Principal Meets, meetings with Academicians, Educationists, State Govt. representatives from the education department among others, to influence school curriculums in this regard. The response from them all was extremely positive as they too felt the need for a wholesome education for the child. The time to act was NOW!
Therein lay the birth of SAVE – Student Action for Value Education with its three core values:
- Inculcating the value of care and respect for the elderly in children and adolescents.
- Prepare today’s children and youth for their old age.
- Creating an age-friendly society.
HelpAge hopes to spread the message of SAVE to colleges and other higher educational institutions so the young are not only encouraged to bring about attitudinal and behavioral awareness in society but also to simply be the change!!