IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R) facilitates a Global Dialogue on Fatherhood and Men's Issues which explores and addresses key challenges -- mental and physical health, real-life options, poverty, hunger, homelessness, Fatherlessness, parental alienation, mass incarceration, religious and ethnic intolerance -- which prevent Men and Boys from living healthier, purpose-driven, and longer lives.
27 April, 2018
WORLD DAY OF THE BOY CHILD . . 16 MAY 2018 -- PRESS RELEASE
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
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!
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.