Parents’ Corner

Encouraging your children to be skilful

Asif Jahanzayb Attari Madani

In the present era, unemployment rates continue to rise by the day. One reason accounting for this is that young people—despite having academic qualifications and potential—lack skill. Although they may be educated, they are constantly in search of work, which can also cause anxiety to parents. At times, young people even commit suicide due to not being able to find a job.

Dear parents, without a doubt, you would not wish for your children to grow older and face inconvenience in search of employment. Hence, as well as ensuring that your children receive education, it is also important to teach them a skill.  If, in addition to receiving standard education, your children are also taught a skill at an age when children comprehend things well, much benefit can be gained. For example, your children will learn how to do things a lot quicker than those less educated and also gain expertise in their respective field a lot quicker. Additionally, finding work will be easier across different locations. A wise person once said that in addition to providing your children mainstream education, teach them a skill also which they can utilise to earn a living. By the blessing of Allah, a skilled person never dies of starvation.

Refer to the five points below highlighting the benefits of learning a skill, and motivate your children to learn a skill that they are interested in.

1.   Know what your children are interested in

First of all, you should know what your children are interested in and inclined towards. If they are interested in design and technology, then teach them about things like electrics and carpentry.

2.   Utilise free time

To teach your children a skill, select a period when they are free, such as the school holidays after exams. During this time, get your child involved in learning a skill.

3.   Refer to institutes offering training

Search for institutes that offer training to learn different skills. Then, admit your child to whichever institute’s requirements can be met so that your child can learn a skill alongside receiving mainstream education.

4.   Short courses and diplomas

There are some technical-related works that can be learnt via short courses and diplomas. To participate, it is not necessary for students in other forms of education to quit studying. Hence, knowing about such courses can lead your child to learn a skill and also obtain a degree by simultaneously staying in education.

5.   Get help from other skilled people

Children can be taught a skill without having to pay any fees. A simple way of doing this is to send your child to voluntarily work alongside someone skilled or attend an institute during the holidays. Not only will your child quickly learn a skill, but at the right time, he will also be able to offer his services to the institute and be remunerated for it too. This will also mitigate the issue of unemployment to some extent.

May Allah Almighty give all parents the ability to give their children a good upbringing.

اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صَلَّی اللہ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلہٖ وَسَلَّم




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