Kareena Kapoor Khan has disapproved of the trend of writers and filmmakers returning their awards to protest against the growing ‘intolerance’ in the country, and advised them to instead address the issues bothering them.
“Returning an award would not solve any problem. We should learn to address the issue (of intolerance) rather than getting it upon ourselves. It is not a personal issue, it is the issue of entire nation,” she said at a press meet on November 20.
The Bajrangi Bhaijaan star said that she was inspired by the firm stand taken by the youths of the country on certain social issues.
When asked to comment on the issue of award wapsi the 35-year-old actress said: “I haven’t returned any awards. But whatever is going on (in the country), the retaliation of the youths (over different issues) is what really inspired me.”
Kareena was in Raipur to take part in a series of programmes based on children, organised by Unicef, School Education and Women and Child Development Departments of Chhattisgarh Government. Kareena is Unicef India’s celebrity advocate for education.
She appreciated the efforts of Unicef and State Government to promote education among children, especially those residing in the remote areas of Chhattisgarh.
Earlier, addressing a programme held to mark the culmination of Child Right Convention Week, Kareena stressed on improving the standard of education and simultaneously increasing enrolment of students in schools.
“Though enrolment of students in schools has increased significantly, quality education is still an issue of concern. Ensuring quality education to every child is one of the major challenges before us,” she said.
Quality education and advanced learning techniques in a school can collectively ensure progress of a child to attain a better future, she added.
Kareena also advocated for facilities like separate toilets for girls in schools, availability of clean drinking water for students and improving access to schools.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh also launched a mobile and web-based application CG Edutrack jointly developed by Unicef and School Education Department at the event.
The application will help in monitoring the presence of teachers and students in Government-run schools.