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27 April, 2018

WORLD DAY OF THE BOY CHILD . . 16 MAY 2018 -- PRESS RELEASE


P R E S S     R E L E A S E

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


CONTACT: 

Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D.
Trinidad and Tobago


Jangam Veera Sasidhar
India
E-Mail:  sasi.saphr@gmail.com


Diane A. Sears
United States
E-Mail: insearchoffatherhood@gmail.com


WORLD DAY OF THE BOY CHILD . . . 16 MAY 2018
                                                                                                                                                                      

How significant is World Day of the Boy Child? Why have we not dedicated a day that focuses on the Boy Child? This special day is very important for creating a fresh generation of boys and girls. There is an urgent need to prepare the boy child who will share in a role, with the girl child, as tomorrow's mover and shaker in society.




Examination results from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions tends to reflect a steady decline in academic performance among boys.  This is linked to feelings of inadequacy that has become embedded in the psyche of our boys.  Yes, the inferiority complex and underachievement prevalent among our boys are neither urban legends nor myths. It's a reality!




Other statistics relating to illness and suicides paint a morbid and frightening picture. On the media, there are regular incidents in which young, misguided boys and teenagers are involved in bullying, crime and violence. This is a problem plaguing other nations across the globe.




We need to save the boy child. We need to protect the boy child from the harmful influences of society. There is an urgent need to focus on the home and school as we 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.



Protecting the girl child is equally important. We must not allow the continued imbalance of the gender scale. We cannot ignore that without a focus on both the boy child and girl child, then gender equality is not a reality.




Too many of our boys are invisible and forgotten. Each boy is important and in this race of life, nobody will be left behind. It is within this context that the first observance of World Day of the Boy Child will be observed on 16 May 2018.

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