MLSS: Students and parents of Mongar lower secondary school (MLSS) learnt vital lessons from the parenting week that ended on April 10.

The school’s vice principal Karma Wangdi said the programme was to make parents aware of different kinds of common learning disabilities, to help parents look for ways to support and guide their children at home, and to enable a continuity and consistency of support provided at school and at home.

“As parents are shaping their children’s life, to interact with the children has a direct effect on their development, confidence and self–esteem,” a teacher said.

The school invited parents to school for lunch with their children during the week.  The school hopes to make parents aware of the value of sharing a meal with their child.

A policeman and parent, Ugyen Dorji said he learned ways to take care of his children through information sharing with other parents. “More importantly, I could give some time to listen to my children,” he said.

MLSS this year organised the parenting awareness programme mainly for parents living in town, who, given their busy schedule, were unable to guide their children.

Vice principal Karma Wangdi said it was difficult to call parents of all 790 students but that the turnout was good.

Parenting is also carried out to create awareness on special needs, the educational needs and how differently abled their child is, and the various supports that the school provides to their children.

Tashi Phuntsho, Mongar