Imagine a world where every child is educated, empowered and able to contribute to the development process!!
Today, many Children have been exposed to exploitation and abuse. This is in form of child sacrifice, child trafficking, child labor, child marriage, child torture and most times this comes as a result of Domestic and gender based violence. Some parents have in one way or another contributed to these situations either knowingly or unknowingly.
What has happened to our society? Where has the love gone? Today some parents and relatives sexually abuse their own children. Others have even got their own daughters and nieces pregnant? Where are we heading? Why have we decided to make our own children suffer? Young girls are dying while giving birth, why? Because their bodies are not ready for child birth!! Did we really suffer the same way while we were growing up??? What future are we preparing for these children.
Through our programs of Guidance and counseling in schools, we get to hear what children go through in their homes and its really painful. Some children say they prefer to stay at school for the rest of their lives without going home due to the conditions at home. They wish they din’t have to go home for holidays!! They keep all the pain to themselves because they believe that no one will understand them. Some have resorted to drug abuse in order to forget their problems yet this is not a solution.
Why don’t we take it on as our responsibility to protect children! Whether we are related to them or not. Long ago a child belonged to a community, but today, its to whom it may concern!! For how long will this situation continue? Can we create an environment that allows every child to enjoy his or her childhood! An environment that will make boys and girls proud of who they are? Its never too late for change to be realized, we just need to be interested.
It is impossible to realize the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 if we don’t put children into consideration today because they are the future we are planning for. Its as simple as that. Protect Children and help them to meet the future that they rightfully deserve.
Imagine a world where every child is educated and can contribute to the development process!!
So many times parents in rural areas tend to give away their young girls for marriage in exchange for just a kilogram of sugar, a goat, a cow , some tea leaves and sometimes for salt. These young girls are then subjected to domestic violence, torture, early child birth and many times girls have died while giving birth because their bodies are never ready to experience child birth.
Many times the parents to these girls need to be empowered with information about the benefits of keeping their children in school until they complete their education. Once these girls have acquired the education, they can provide all the above mentioned items to their parents for the rest of their lives. All that parents need to to practice some bit of patience and sacrifice a little in order to enjoy the fruits of their children.
Its time to reach out to the parents in rural settings and sensitize them if we want a better future for girls. A future where they can participate in leadership positions. A future where they can make informed choices and start up families the the men of their choice.
The time is now. Lets teach the Parents because they need this knowledge.
In recent years child marriage has gained increasing prominence on international and national development agendas. Today, we have a unique opportunity to act on this momentum and accelerate our efforts to help change the lives of girls and young women all over the world.
Ending child marriage requires work across all sectors and at all levels. It requires us to understand the complex drivers behind the practice in different contexts and adapt our interventions accordingly.
Working directly with girls to give them the opportunity to build skills and knowledge, understand and exercise their rights and develop support networks, is an important part of our efforts to end child marriage.
Using an empowerment approach can lead to positive outcomes for girls and their families by supporting girls to become agents of change, helping them envisage what alternative roles could look like in their communities and ultimately helping them to forge their own pathway in life.
Safe space programs
Safe space programs which offer a varied curriculum covering life skills, health and financial literacy can provide girls with an opportunity to build their skills, learn and meet friends and mentors in an informal setting and learn about the services they can access in their community.
Safe space programs can successfully build girls’ self-confidence, agency and self-efficacy, which they need to thrive. They can provide a good alternative for girls who do not have access to formal education such as married girls. Having a safe regular meeting place allows girls to meet with peers and share experiences which can reduce their sense of isolation and vulnerability.
Some of these programs have economic empowerment components, such as conditional cash transfers, or the provision of a goat or chicken, which have proven successful in increasing the age of marriage.
Supporting young people to be agents of change
Supporting young people to be agents of change can be an effective and empowering process in and of itself. Many organizations work with young people so they can advocate for change as well as helping to inform the design of programs that directly benefit their peers.
Youth groups, encouraging dialogue between youth and community leaders, and building the capacity of young people are all ways of supporting young people to be champions of change in their own communities.
The most important thing to teach your child is responsibility. Discuss how to make decisions and understand what the consequences of those decisions will be.
You can start by discussing decisions and consequences that don’t involve sex, and then move the conversation toward sexuality. After all, there are consequences to having sex or not having sex, and every child is going to get a lot of misinformation along the way from their peers and the media. So before they get that information, Let them hear it from you their parents.
After all, however adult their appearance, behavior, and attitudes may appear, adolescents remain closer to childhood than adulthood and children need ongoing parental guidance to prepare for adulthood. I know it’s a lot of work, but parents need to monitor what their children see and be there available to them to provide some context.
Find out what’s in the movie, what’s in the program, what’s on that Internet site before you let your child see or hear. And experience with him or her together, so you can discuss it and use it to build trust between you and your child. Otherwise keep in mind that when you don’t give your child this information, There will be someone out there ready to offer the information however your child has to pay dearly.
LET YOUR CHILD BE A CHILD.
Adolescence can be tough enough to get through without questions of sex, sexuality, and sexual identity. But adolescents are humans too and no matter how different they may seem to their parents at times. Openly addressing the all-too-human questions of sexual development, sexual desire, and the nature of the adolescent’s developing sexual identity are critical. Sharing factual information with and giving good moral guidance to your teenager is a vitally important part of helping your teen understand herself or himself. It can help your child avoid devastating, and possibly life-threatening, errors in judgment.
It is always very easy to tell girls, ‘Be strong, you are beautiful, you are capable, don’t do this, do that, don’t worry about that, etc. What is missing is
the idea of instilling worth. How do we raise a girl to feel she is worthy — worthy of good friends, worthy of healthy relationships, worthy of speaking in public and of being heard, worthy of her dreams, worthy of trying something nobody else has done?
If someone doesn’t feel worthy, they might do something they don’t really want to do, because they don’t have the courage
or strength to say so. They may be coming from a place of fear rather than a place of personal love, respect and power.
Teach girls that they are valuable and have a voice, by giving them information and tools to use. When girls feel confident about their bodies, their intelligence, their worthiness and their sexuality, they have the opportunity to go into the world and fully express themselves — AS GIRLS WITH CONFIDENCE
Imagine an Africa where a woman’s hand hoe is a thing of the past.
Imagine women with tools that increase agricultural yield and income
while decreasing the labor and time required to ensure food security and promote economic empowerment.
Imagine an Africa that could harness the freed time and energy,
goodwill and smartness of millions of women thanks to the technology now available.
Empowering women to participate fully in economic life
across all sectors is essential to build stronger economies.
Women and Girls have the potential to change this world for the better.
They can achieve internationally agreed goals for development and sustainability
and improve the quality of life for fellow women, men, families and communities.
At least make it interesting
Dyslexic children might not like the reading process
but they can really like the content.
Finding passages that relate to the child’s interests
can make the experience more enjoyable
The average child spends a tremendous amount of time mastering how to read and write.
If a child has learning challenges, this time can become associated with struggle and defeat.
It is critical that you find alternative ways for this child to experience success.
Be attentive and aware; seek out the child’s strengths and magnify them.
Keep in mind that a child may look to you as a barometer of their overall worth.
Remember that a child’s strength may not always be a traditional strength like sports.
It may be more unique, such as Lego construction or being a good friend to others.