DISABILITY or THISABILITY: Understanding the MYTH and REALITY of Differently ABLED Children and their need for PROTECTION(4)

Where we go from here? I think it is time to address our beliefs and share progressive perspectives, which will help us to give children, who are said to be disabled, their rightful place in our society.

The truth of the matter is that until as individuals, organizations, nations or continent, we make deliberate, bold and consistent attempt to address our belief system, from where proceeds all our actions and omission towards children, who said to be disable, we will not make too much progress and the children and our continent stand to suffer for our social imbalance on this issue.

I believe that our attempt to address our belief system must focus on reorientation. Reorientation, I believe happen through enlightenment and not wishful thinking and directionless desire.

The foregoing is the core of this program. It is our desire to empower primary and secondary caregivers to see children, who are said to be disabled as God sees them as people, who are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of the creator. The core of this program is to challenge traditional belief system and intercept it with radical but positive belief system, which is in full harmony with universal principles of how God created this world to function. The core of this program is to take a bold step to take another look at only of its treasures, which it is losing to ignorance and wrong belief system,

It is our long-held philosophy of child protection that Enlightenment is Superior to Enforcement. As far as we are concerned, enlightenment focuses on prevention, while enforcement focuses on cure. It is often said that prevention is better than cure. Therefore, preferring prevention to cure, we have always spent our creative energy on the subject of child protection on developing preventive solutions.

Here is another of such efforts. In disseminating these unveiled efforts, we will take you through the letters of the law and the spirit of out CREED.

I will start with the law, which is the foundation of modern society but because we have also found that the law is not enough, we will round up our discussion with our CREED. What is this CREED, you may want to ask? CREED refers to Article of Faith…Statement of Belief…Value Code…The basis for peace and safety in the society is beyond law enforcement…The society must be interested in engaging higher code of human behavior to ensure peace and safety for the society, particularly our dear children. This higher code of human behavior is known as CREED and the natural enforcement agent of the CREED is the human conscience. It is important to note that the CREED is superior to the law. While the law focuses rules and regulation for the peace and stability of society, the CREED focuses conscience of the citizens, who are to use this law. Thus Benjamin Disreali, said, ‘when men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken.’  How I wish that our society today will borrow this free but potent wisdom from Disreali and focus more on investing in character building than promulgating legion of laws to regulate human behavior.

We shall touch base with the law and CREED, because, even the law at its weak state is in support of our position today.

What does the law say about children who are said to be disabled? Article 2 of Convention on the Rights of the Child: States Parties shall respect and ensure the rights set forth in the present Convention to each child within their jurisdiction without discrimination of any kind, irrespective of the child’s or his or her parent’s or legal guardian’s race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status.

Article 7 of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Children with disabilities: 1. States Parties shall take all necessary measures to ensure the full enjoyment by children with disabilities of all human rights and fundamental freedoms on an equal basis with other children.

2. In all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.

3. States Parties shall ensure that children with disabilities have the right to express their views freely on all matters affecting them, their views being given due weight in accordance with their age and maturity, on an equal basis with other children, and to be provided with disability and age-appropriate assistance to realize that right.

The journey continues tomorrow by the grace of God. Thank you for visiting and I charge you to Think the CHILD…Think TODAY…The FUTURE…

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