#27 Children Services: Srila Prabhupada’s Future Hope
As a worldwide society, are we doing enough to prepare our next generation of leaders in the next decades to come? Srila Prabhupada said, “children are our future hope”. He wanted the new generations of devotee children to carry on the successful leadership of this movement. This seminar will explore the crucial areas for caring and enhancing childrens’ potential. It will present different principles, categories, available materials and benefits of establishing services for children taking Srila Prabhupada’s direction in this important area of our society. It will also offer a practical start-up model for children services with specific options according to the circumstances, capacity and resources of any individual or community. The aim is to support children, so they become the future leaders that Srila Prabhupada hoped for.
Iksvaku Dasa – Disciple of H.H. Jayapataka Swami, joined in Ecuador, South America in the early 80s. Serving since then in ISKCON in different capacities and now developing educational programs for congregational devotees. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work and is a trained counselor with working experience in various areas of human services for 15 years in Australia. Currently he is residing in Sridham Mayapur and serving as the Outreach Coordinator in ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry.
Gaurangi Gandharvika Devi Dasi – Born into the ISKCON movement; disciple of H.H. Jayapataka Swami. Currently doing research on children services for the Congregational Development Ministry and developing educational modules for devotee children. She has compiled the book “Our Future Hope” based on Srila Prabhupada’s teachings on children and a series of articles by senior educators in ISKCON. Presently is conducting a children’s group based on the Srimad Bhagavatam adapted for young readers. She also maintains a congregational newsletter for children and is doing a placement in the Sri Mayapur International School.