15 Facts to Consider Before You Register Your Child in a School (15)

This is the reason for which I was born and called of the Lord to plead the cause of the African Child through Social Empowerment Advocacy. My strategy is summed up in Enlightenment is superior to Enforcement. As a matter of fact enforcement is impossible without enlightenment. The rights of the African Child will never be protected except the custodians and the child are aware of their rights.
Still in the spirit of enlightenment, permit me to share with you the 10th fact you must consider before you register your child in a school: do they respect the right of the child to play and relate: child have the right to play and relate with one another. It is the beginning of their participation rights. It is a demonstration of adult’s commitment to the need of the child to be allowed to maximise his childhood. A child, who is not allowed to maximise his childhood loses his foundation for meaningful existence. It therefore means there is no foundation to build a meaningful adulthood. Children must be allowed to play and relate. You must therefore be interested in the commitment of the school you want to register your child to the right of the child to play and relate. You must look out for the environment of the school as regards its commitment to the right of the child to play. Do they have space for children to play? Is there space for track and field, football and other sporting activities? Do the school have robust plans for sporting activities including building teams in different sporting activities? Do they engage in sporting activities including organising their own inter house sport? This is important because the way school are built these days leave no room for children to express their rights to play.
The other issue to consider is if there is room for the children to relate. Children should be able to relate in the classroom and engaging in extra-curriculum activities like membership of clubs of interest. Allowing the children to relate also will include teaching them how to relate excellently and respectively with other children of same and opposite sexes without barriers.
At this point I will like to share an experience I had in primary and secondary school.
I started speaking from when I gained consciousness as a child. I have never been quiet. I think I must have picked that from my parents. Both of them were not quiet people. When I got to primary school I was still speaking. But as a child, the speaking was not structured, neither was discipline engaged. I mean, I spoke when it occurred to me. I spoke when people were not interested in listening. An outspoken child possesses strong tendencies to develop excellent interpersonal skills if well nurtured and guided. He will sustain the advantage of getting goals achieved through initiating and sustaining meaningful relationships.  
I was labelled, in primary and secondary schools, a noise maker and disturber. Now, noise makers met with strict punishment and public opprobrium. The truth was that ‘noise-making’ and ‘disturbance’ were like the sins of witchcraft in our schools and the commandment was ‘suffer not a noise maker or disturber to live in peace,’ They were often displayed and whipped on Monday morning before the assembly of students and teachers.  
The practice in my school(s) was that the names of ‘noise makers’ were written when the teachers were not in the class. In retrospect, I think what was tagged noise making was interpersonal engagement between children. The problem was that in trying to teach children to conduct themselves in an orderly manner, their intuitive leaning toward relating with their peers must not be tempered with by all means. It is my view that the lesson of orderly conduct cannot be communicated effectively without teaching the children interpersonal skills. To try to scare pupils with punishment for communicating with peers is to snuff out of the child’s interpersonal intuition. This becomes an attack in the child’s innate ability to socialise.
Therefore in registering your child in a school, it is important you ask question in this area. It is not enough to ask question, you must endeavour to visit and take time to observe how pupils are treated in this area. I urge you friends, Think the Child, Think Today, Think the Future. Have an INSPIRED day

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