WORLD DAY OF THE BOY CHILD 16 MAY 2020 with YERF
THEME: PROTECTING OUR BOYS .
We need to protect the boy child from the harmful influences of society. There is an urgent need to focus on the home and school in order to save the boy child. The boy child lives in a turbulent social environment that makes him vulnerable to a multitude of negative forces. If a boy child is neglected or fed a diet of hate and violence it is obvious he will develop into a teenager who is misguided and confused. And the next crucial transition into manhood will be even more difficult.
Protecting the girl child is equally important. Some of us would be aware that since 2012, the United Nations marks 11 October as the “International Day of the Girl Child“. The obvious question is – why have we not dedicated a day that focuses on the Boy Child? We must not allow the continued imbalance of the gender scale. We cannot ignore that without a focus on both the boy child and the girl child, gender equality is not a reality.
Too many of our boys are invisible and forgotten. Each boy is important and in this race of life, nobody should be left behind. It is within this context that the first observance of “International Day of the Boy Child”, henceforth known as “International Boys’ Day” will be observed on 16 May.
Teelucksingh’s call for this observance of International Boys’ Day to help address the boy crisis.
Generally, the simple goal of International Boys’ Day is that every boy will grow up to become a man of honour and integrity and be able to contribute in a vital way to his family, his community, his nation to make the world a better place for boys and girls everywhere.
Let’s Save the Boy Child.