Boy Child Protection Social Inclusion Initiative
Created under the International Men’s Day umbrella, “World Day of the Boy Child” was inaugurated in 2018 by Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D.
There is a need to protect the boy child from the harmful influences of society. There is an urgent need to focus on the home and school in order to save the boy child. The boy child lives in a turbulent social environment that makes him vulnerable to a multitude of negative forces. If a boy child is neglected or fed a diet of hate and violence it is obvious he will develop into a teenager who is misguided and confused. And the next crucial transition into manhood will be even more difficult. Too many of our boys are invisible and forgotten. Each boy is important and in this race for life, nobody should be left behind.
The annual observances of World Day of the Boy Child, on May 16, serve as a platform for individuals, organizations, and institutions to improve the manner in which we protect our boys and reclaim our heritage. Supporters of World Day of the Boy Child attempt to rewrite the narrative on strength and masculinity by equating strength with vulnerability. This persons work with key stakeholders with whom boys and adolescent young males would engage in discussions with educators, school administrators, law enforcement professionals, legal professionals, health care professionals and providers, social services professionals and providers, parents, legislators, business leaders, and Fatherhood and Men’s Issues advocates and practitioners.
The objectives of World Day of the Boy Child, on May 16, include supporting existing initiatives which have a successful track record of addressing and helping to reduce or eradicate critical issues like: Academic underperformance of boys and adolescent males, rising incidence of depression and suicide among boys and adolescent males, their recruitment and utilization as child soldiers. Also, underlying causes of poverty which lead to boys and adolescent males working full-time to support their families and not attending school, among others.
To achieve these objectives, the platform proposes different alternatives. First, the employment of male educators in Fatherless household communities. Second, Design and implement of both, a Literacy Initiative and “male-inclusive” curricula. Third, offer emotional, psychological and essential decision-making tools. This includes implement in their curricula a mandatory anger management and conflicts resolution training.
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