Stakeholders advocate attention on boy-child to safeguard society
Foundation launches initiative focused on boy-child
As a way of balancing and ensuring wholesome parenting in raising next generations, stakeholders from different sectors have called for equal attention on the boy-child to safeguard the girl-child, family and society.
The advocacy was given at the launch of Elizabethan Humanitarian Life (H&H) Foundation, which focused on rescuing the boy-child.
Chairman of Toyota Nigeria Limited, Michael Ade-Ojo, who was the grand patron at the launch, said no child should be uncared for.
“As far as I am concerned, I love both genders equally. If you have been neglecting a boy-child, let us change at this moment by giving equal attention to them because as a parent, it will be profitable if you give equal chances on advancement,” he said.
Also, Founder, Ade Ologbonyo Foundation, Ade Ologbonyo, said much attention is being given to the female gender, which has affected a lot in raising the male gender.
He said that one’s background has a lot of impact on their behaviour in the society.
Founder, H&H Foundation, Oyinade Samuel-Eluwole, said the foundation had developed six platforms to address different issues of life, ranging from “Rescue The Boyz” (RTB),”Be Your Best” (BYB), “Cradle 2 Teens” (C2T), “Young Patriots” (YP), “Culture Vibez” (CV) and “Bland Lift” (BL).
She said that men were not supported in so many areas because they are believed to be superheroes that can bear pain without expressing emotions when they need to.
Meanwhile, speaking on the launch of the project, “Rescue The Boy,” Samuel-Eluwole said it was designed to dig deep into the psychological neglect of a boy-child in the family and society to help them out of the trauma they experienced in all spheres of life.
“In our quest to be a solution provider as parents, we are prepared and ready to help our male gender and others of all cadre realise their worth, find happiness, be on their feet, and in turn, be able to return love to their families, countries and the world at large, irrespective of their background and colour,” she added.
However, Ahmad Sajoh, who used himself as a reference to rescuing the boy-child, said despite having an international day for the boy-child adopted by the United Nations (UN) in 2018 to focus attention on the plight of the boy-child, little is still being done to promote the plight and interest of the boy-child.
“The missing link in the lives of all street children is lack of love and care. In the southern part of the country, the uncared for boys are turned into street urchins, area boys, kidnappers, robbers and fraudsters while in the northern part of the country, the almajiris are transiting to bandits, terrorists and kidnappers.
“The irony is that most attention is focused on the girl-child, believing that she needs more care because within patriarchal societies, girls are considered weak while boys are macho. This misplaced patriarchy has made the society to neglect the needs and concerns of the boy-child,” he added.