The founder of a not for profit Non- Governmental Organistion and non-political organisation, SHOKESTA DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE, Mrs Soyebi Oluwakemi Abiodun has made case for special attention to be paid to the development of kids especially the vulnerable children.
She stated this during an online interview in Abuja to mark this year Children’s Day celebration, the international day set aside for children all over the World.
MrsAbiodun popularly known as SHOKESTA WOMAN, also the recently appointed South West Nigeria Coordinator for International Institute of Chartered Project Management said thus:
“What happens in the home is paramount to children’s early development. Economically disadvantaged children’s limited access to cognitively enriching home environments, may help drive growing gaps in cognitive and non-cognitive skills, producing a feedback cycle that leads to low socioeconomic mobility and further grows inequality.
“Policymakers should identify new targets for programs aimed at enhancing parent-child interactions in low-income families” she added.
Speaking further, the philanthropist noted that: “The sweetest period of anyone’s life is their childhood. Children are the Most Precious of God’s Creations.
“They spread fragrance of love wherever they go. And spread joy and happiness in every season. We should handle them to care and love”.
A child can always teach an adult
how to happy for no reason, to be always busy with something and
kow how to demand with all might.”
She regretted that many policymakers had neglected the critical role of parenting in children’s development.
“Parents do more than spend money on children’s development; they also promote child development by spending time in cognitively enriching activities and by providing emotional support and consistent discipline.
“All parents want the best for their children, but the “parenting divide” between economically advantaged and disadvantaged children is large and appears to be growing over time.
According to her, the main barrier to designing and scaling up parenting interventions nationwide is currently the limited understanding of the key ingredients of successful programs.
“Policy makers need to become better informed on effective interventions that can motivate and support parents to engage effectively in their children’s development.”
Mrs Oluwakemi Soyebi who is also the founder of Awe International city of peace and community peace building Initiative to strengthen peaceful coexistence in Nigeria said this Children’s Day celebration for her was to express her very warm wishes for all the children including the special, vulnerable children on this special day.
“Our children’s happiness means a lot to us and caring and providing for them must be our utmost priority” she said.