‘As I have once submitted, enlightenment is superior to enforcement. It will amount to living in the fool’s paradise to expect us to make a commitment to the protection of the rights of the child without a deliberate attempt to arm us with knowledge.’
Hello friends, how are you finding your holidays. I am sure you enjoyed your Easter break. Still in the spirit of inspiring you through knowledge please join me as I begin to do this series that I am sure will keep us busy for some days.
The focus of our discussion today is to equip every custodian in the life of the child with information that will help them respect the rights of the child. As I have once submitted, enlightenment is superior to enforcement. It will amount to living in the fool’s paradise to expect us to make a commitment to the protection of the rights of the child without a deliberate attempt to arm us with knowledge.
From my field experience, I am convinced that many custodians of the life of the child, who are not conscious of the protection of the rights of the child, are not wicked; they are in most cases ignorant. Ignorance is the reason we have built a society where the child is not seen, not to talk of being heard. We are not conscious of the Indian (Native American) Proverb that ‘we do not inherit the world from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.’ The question is, at the point of ‘repaying’ the world to our children, will they be in a position to make any sense out of it or they will be too overwhelmed with the enormous challenges of running it that they will run it into trouble? If we must face the brutal fact of the matter, most of
us cannot boast of sanity and capacity of the children, we will be forced by nature, particularly old age to bequeath our homes, religious organizations, institutions of learning, corporations and all other social, political and economic structures and infrastructure
Now, before we begin to dwell on segmentation of the rights of the child according to the provisions of the Child’s Rights Act, I invite you to join me to do a general breakdown of the entire provisions of the law for accelerated understanding. Here are the provisions of the Act in random breakdown:
Provisions of freedom from discrimination on the grounds of belonging to a particular community or ethnic group, place of origin, sex, religion, the circumstances of birth.
It is stated categorically that the dignity of the child shall be respected at all times.
No Nigerian child shall be subjected to physical, mental or emotional injury, abuse or neglect, maltreatment, torture, inhuman or degrading punishment, attacks on his/her honour or reputation. Every Nigerian child is entitled to rest, leisure and enjoyment of the best attainable state of physical, mental and spiritual health.
Here we stop today. Please do have an INSPIRED Day.
I’m Taiwo Akinlami & I Lead the TeacherFIRE™ Revolution
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‘We are not conscious of the Indian (Native American) Proverb that ‘we do not inherit the world from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.’
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