Too many children these days are fast becoming mindless and brainwashed in our stagnant culture of steady entertainment and pop culture allure. They will know the names of all the latest songs, the newest serials playing on screen and the names of their favourite actors and actresses. However, they will not be aware of their basic rights. Children throughout the world have the right to education and employment opportunities after they have reached a certain age; they have the right to access information and the right to make keen, well-informed choices. However, they resemble little dolls on the assembly line of one-track ‘progress’. Better education and the freedom to think out of the box need to be made healthy portions of their steady diets.

SONYA ALI,

Islamabad, October 17.