Children on unity.

What they teach and why they know better.


Today, we had a painting activity at one of the malls. A common theme that surfaced in all the paintings was that they hummed the same sound of unity and oneness. It’s surprising isn’t it? Ask adults and you will know how divided their answers and they are on the topic of unity.

The question of unity goes deep down with people. It’s like asking them about how much money they have or how loved they feel. But do we understand it? Today, unity to people is limited and backed by factors of caste, creed and economic stature. That’s sad news.


The good news is that our children are smart and wise. Maybe adults know the difference between “good people” and “bad people” but our children definitely know the connection between them and are perspicacious enough to understand it. In this case, our children know the world better because they don’t have layers that stereotype or discriminate their vision of it.

Make A Difference — the organization that I volunteer with — has always been an agile organization. It has also been ingenuously curious and childlike; to better understand the work and deliver what’s best for our children. But sometimes in the journey of optimizing the process of education or figuring out how we can teach better, we realize that we are as active a student as our students themselves. We realize that our children can teach and surprise us with their knowledge, wisdom and alacrity in ways little else can.

And today, I am surprised and glad to know that our children understand the importance of “us.”

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