Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday urged the children to take patriotic lessons from young age.
The children should also have close link with grassroots people as like as the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, she added.
“Bangabandhu closely monitored the problems of the people as he brought up in the village and had close link with them. So he grew up with an ideology of dedication and mentality to work for the people," Sheikh Hasina said.
The Prime Minister urged the children to know the country's real history alongside grooming themselves as worthy citizens following the ideals of the great leader.
The Prime Minister was addressing a children's rally and cultural programme marking the 98th birthday of Father of the Nation and National Children's Day on Bangabandhu Mausoleum Complex in Tungipara of Gopalganj, reports BSS.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is a result of Bangabandhu’s dream, which he made true depriving his entire family.
As an independent nation we have a state, a flag and self-identity as well as opportunity to develop the country as a poverty and hunger-free state, she said.
"But, we were so unfortunate that we could not go to school with our father. Rather we were used to go to the prison to meet him as he was put behind the bars because of his offence for taking stance for the poor and oppressed people," the Prime Minister said.
Pointing out the childhood life of Bangabandhu, the Prime Minister, also his elder daughter said, “We want that the children would develop themselves with such a mindset that they would know that we are a victorious nation and Bangabandhu gave us the flag of that victory.”
The Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and Gopalganj district administration jointly organized the rally joined by schoolchildren of different educational institutions of Tungipara, the birthplace of Bangabandhu.
Upama Biswas, a student of local Maleka Academy, presided over the function while State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki was present as the special guest.
Faiyad M Abdullah, also a student of Maleka Academy, gave the welcome address. Sheikh Hasina also advised the children to follow the guidelines of their teachers, parents and guardians as well as maintain discipline in all spheres of life to make their future meaningful.
She urged the children to be pious but not fanatic as every religion preaches love for mankind.