A community is most effective as a wealth, when its scope and purpose for existence is meaningful to its members. Nothing can be more meaningful to a community than its children. Children are the community’s future. As modern communities become increasingly diverse and sometimes segregated, it is our shared love for children that has the power to bring us together, to universally enhance our wellbeing. (De Silva, H.D.)
Child Centric Communities
Healthy and wholesome communities are child centric communities. In child centric communities parents and guardians, brothers and sisters, grand parents and carers, teachers and mentors, and volunteers and sponsors come together for the happiness and wellbeing of our children.
Child centric communities are a great wealth not only because they are wholesome for children, but also because they are wholesome for adults. In child centric communities adults are blessed with opportunities to express their common nature to nurture. The expressions of love and kindness, when appreciated by children or by the community, rewards us with the bliss of happiness. Such blissful actions give meaning and purpose to our existence.
Loving-kindness is the very essence of our humanity. United by this common humanity we can nurture a community spirit that is centred around children, both locally and globally. Child centric communities are indeed the true measure of civilisation.
“The true measure of a nation’s standing is how well it attends to its children - their health and safety, their material security, their education and socialization, and their sense of being loved, valued, and included in the families and societies into which they are born.” - UNICEF
The concept of child centric communities was developed by H.D. De Silva in 2009. It was first published in his book, Five fortunes: A guide to fulfilment and the universality of human wellbeing.
Our aim must be to bring children back into the centre of community life.
In our endeavours (cultural, economic or political), our paramount consideration must always be that which is in the best interest of our children, both locally and globally.
Are you aware that the current generation of children, due to obesity and diabetes may potentially have a shorter life expectancy than their parents?
Are you aware that 2.2 million children are enslaved each year?
Are you aware that millions of children are impoverished by unfair trade and corruption?
For the children - An inspiring song
“...Love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
- Nelson Mandela
(Video Link to Youtube Channel: Lynn Zanetta)
'For the Children' song: Music & lyrics by Lynn Zanetta ©
Compilation Video: Produced by Lynn Zanetta CC
A safe and happy childhood is the best foundation for life.
Dunedin Longitudinal Study