A Mistake Or A Learning Opportunity?

(Written by Ladun Ogunbanjo) I think it would be adequate to say that we, as curious individuals, have all gone through that stage in our lives where we question or regret the choices we have made.  Often, we label it as ‘a mistake’, but maybe it is more than that.  Of course everyone has gone…

When They’re Ready

In my few years of working with street children, I’ve observed a certain phenomenon that I’d also observed in the many years I sought for a lasting relationship with a man. It will happen when they are ready, and not by your pushing. It’s a weird comparison, but thinking about the boys who we have…

Effective Corrective Measures for Children

Kids can be cute and fun to be with, especially at the early stages, however when they start exploring, discovering things, and forming characters that distinguish their personalities, they can sometimes attempt to go beyond boundaries and try to defy our authority.  All these can be frustrating to parents or carers, and we try out different ways of correcting them when…

Enforcing Good Habits; More Than What You Say

I will read more like Uncle Zizi; I will pray more like Uncle Zizi; I will study my bible more like Uncle Zizi TRY To keep quiet for Uncle Zizi to study Reproduced above is a “To Do List” made by a little girl from seeing her Uncle write his plans for the day over and over…

Sex Talk With Kids

The issue of child sexual abuse is evident all over the world and daily becoming an increasing societal problem.  Our work, as contributors to social change, demands that we seek solutions to this problem.  In doing this, we sought the help of a renowned Child’s Rights Consultant with the UNICEF, Mr Taiwo Akinlami, who enlightened us…

Overcoming Teenage Peer Pressure

According to a recent survey of 337 teenagers in the USA, 90% faced peer pressure and at least 80% fell for it weekly, even when it meant doing what they clearly knew was wrong.  Peer pressure is a common experience in child development, especially in the teenage years. Many character traits formed by young people…

Sponsor A Child

Naomi is a 9 year old girl from Delta State.  She lives in Ajegunle, Lagos, with her mother.  She is from a broken home and her father has more than one wife.  They live in a rented one-room shack and share a toilet with their neighbours… Read more and Click to Sponsor A Child.

Juvenile Welfare Centre – A Haven For The Lost

“Anyone’s child could end up there…” This was the high point of the thought-provoking speech by Agatha Amata of the popular Nigerian TV talk show, Inside-Out, at the Juvenile Welfare Centre (JWC) Open Day on Saturday, the 15th of November, 2014.  Located beside Alakara Police Station, Mushin,  Lagos, the Juvenile Welfare Centre is a transit…

BOOSTING CONFIDENCE IN CHILDREN

A child’s performance socially, academically and in other areas, depends on his confidence.  It is important to understand how parents, guardians and carers of children can help boost their confidence.  As we work to grow ‘Tomorrow’s Leaders’, this too is an area for concern and enlightenment. “For me, confidence building starts from the first second…

NOTE TO YOUNGER SELF

Adolescence through the teenage years appears to be the most challenging period for all children, knowing that most life-changing choices are made during this stage. Their career and vocational choices, channelling their youthful energy in the right direction, puberty, the need to be accepted and the peer pressure make those years the hardest.  Working with…

How Relevant Is Formal Education To Child Development?

(Written by Njideka Raleke-Obiora) Fair Life Africa’s Disadvantage to Advantage initiative seeks out children with potential, but who are disadvantaged, and enrols them in educational and vocational institutions for learning and development.  Ten young children have now been assisted with payment of their school fees, owing to their excellent performances in academics. Unfortunately, we are all…

Against The Odds!

(Written by Njideka Raleke-Obiora) Typically, children from disadvantaged families are associated with poor performance in school or outright illiteracy.  However, we have come across children from impoverished homes who have a thousand and one reasons not to excel, but have totally defied these odds, and are excelling in their academics and many other skills.  One…