‘It is with this sense of mission that I come here daily to inspire you to do all in the best interest of the child, knowing that when we do all in the best interest of the child, we do it in the best interest of humanity.’
Hello friends, I am loaded with Joy and fulfilment as I come to you today attempting to inspire you in matters that relate to our dear children, who represent our hope for the future. I keep calling to mind the words of Abraham Lincoln that the state of humanity is in the hands of the child. As we deal with children, we create or destroy humanity.
It is with this sense of mission that I come here daily to inspire you to do all in the best interest of the child, knowing that when we do all in the best interest of the child, we do it in the best interest of humanity.
I concluded this piece yesterday with a question, what happens when the state fails in this primary responsibility? What is this primary responsibility? The primary responsibility of governance is clearly stated in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the welfare and the security of the people.
Where government at all levels do not live up to the foregoing responsibility like we have it in Nigeria today, it becomes the responsibility of all to take their destiny into their hands. I guess that is why there is PCHN but we still get the bulk of our electricity supply from generators; I guess that is why we have Water Corporation but we still dig our wells (or boreholes, for those who can afford it) and pipe our water to every “local government (bathroom, kitchens, et cetera)” of our homes. I guess that is why there is the Police Force, but we still employ the services of untrained men, christened vigilante; I guess that is why we have ministry of education, under whose very nose the public school system has collapsed at all levels and who are today nothing but tax collector from private schools. You see, the list of abandonment is endless.
When parents live in a nation like ours, they must become the regulatory bodies for the enforcement of the rights of the child as they have become same in respect of other areas of their social and economic lives, some of which we outlined above. Parents as regulatory bodies must identity their vision, their mission and set of values, which will provide a credible template for providing leadership for their children.
If parents leave their children to a media in nation without a vision, they raise children, who have no walls over their spirit. If parents leave their children to a school system, which they cannot vouch for, they will have themselves to blame for it. Many are parents who register their children in schools because of the proximity of the schools to their residence. I believe that the proximity of a school to parents’ residence should never be a deciding factor. The deciding factor in all things as we discussed last week is the best interest of the child.
Join me tomorrow as I go further to show you what the parents need to know to help them be the regulatory bodies they are earnestly expected to be in a nation like ours. Have an INSPIRED Day.
I’m Taiwo Akinlami & I Lead the TeacherFIRE™ Revolution
POINT 2 PONDER
‘If parents leave their children to a media in nation without a vision, they raise children, who have no walls over their spirit.’
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