Child Care Challenges In Africa, Causes And Way Forward

Child Care Challenges In Africa, Causes And The Way Forward

In Africa, child abuse is always in the news, as a matter of fact it happens every nickle of the seconds that ticks away and it’s already looking like a bad pill taken by a lot of adults who are not just being iresponsible but trying to ease anger, blame somebody for their problems or transfer aggression on innocent children. This increasingly concern doesn’t seem to affect most of the African leaders because the quick wave off in these cases is a little suspicious. Almost every news station, media outlet, non governmental agency and even local indigens have some inside story about the travails of child abuse. The puzzling question is, after the news, what next? This simple unanswered question is the real threat that needs to be addressed fast.

 

One of the concerns points to the fact that despite the numerous data on this seemingly popular trend of child abuse in the African region, it is laughable to say that one of the most popular parts of Africa which is West Africa has the lowest and maybe zero data on the subject matter. This fact is not only strange but goes a long way to display the lack of moral ethics and measures available in handling this sensitive obstacle.

Despite the numerous data on this seemingly popular trend of child abuse in the African region, it is laughable to say that one of the most popular parts of Africa which is West Africa has the lowest and maybe zero data on the subject matter. This fact is not only strange but goes a long way to display the lack of moral ethics and measure available in handling this sensitive obstacle.

By NICK JOHNSON

It is important to state that the most threatening part of the story is the lack of enough current data of child abuse cases from most African spaces especially when trying to compare it with the reality of this problem. For unknown reason, these numerous reports on local television, media empires have not been properly accounted for. Most times, these cases either get put under the rug either with the excuse that families are not interested to go further because they do not wish to soil the family’s name or the authorities in charge don’t do enough to get justice done, thereby frustrating justice seekers with the non productive style of operation. Whatever way this matter is looked at, it appear there are lots of loop holes that needs to get patched and the other big question is why does it look like a lot of people don’t want this problem fixed or at least make some people accountable and help affected victims and family feel the rise of justice on child abuse cases. 

Child abuse needs a lot of public emphasis especially on the need for corrective measures. The big problem is the challenges of child abuse looks more like an acceptable cultural foreplay and it’s getting scarier by the minute and it’s bad news because we keep losing more children from something that can be tackled to reduce  it’s spread.

. If  certain things like traditional practises that give more adults the right to abuse children at free will as a sign of respect can be removed then maybe children can have the confidence to come forward with their pain(s).

. If more awareness can be created on this topic and discussed publicly with children then there might be a chance for children to be equipped with the right information.

‘The eminent challenge of child care in African countries can be attributed to numerous reasons but the loudest reason is because of the silent culture these communities practise’. The shame of revealing the name, family ties and sometimes even poor mindset of not being able to face the fear of fighting the menace. There is so much to do and very few are committed to doing anything’.

Raising children in the first place is a big deal much, for the African space, it’s not a crime to discipline a child with something that is supposed to be used for rearing cattles. Cultural belief is the first challenge. Culture doesn’t permit an African child to talk back when an adult is talking. Culture doesn’t permit a child to make a decision when they are elders around. Culture stands with the elders more than the children. But the truth is, culture doesn’t own people, people own culture. So in other to make a positive twist around solving this myth, people who understand the power of rewriting negative narratives need to look for ways to keenly arrest this topic of concern to find a lasting solution for both our children and the future’s sake.

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