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International Day of the Boy Child

The recognition and marking of the International Day of the Boy-child started in 2018, thanks to Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, a university lecturer from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The fact that the International Day of the Boy-child was not considered worth celebrating until the efforts of Dr. Teelucksingh in 2018 speaks to the neglect and abandonment boys face in the upbringing process.

While it may be true that our world is largely patriarchal and men have been at the benefitting end of the world’s opportunities for centuries, the boy-child is a child, experiencing challenges and facing problems that need addressing, ranging from sexual abuse, to peer pressure, to child trafficking, to adult-influenced vices.

At Boys Without Borders Nigeria, we consider the International Day of the Boy-child a centerpiece of our advocacy and efforts. Since 2020, we have put efforts and resources into celebrating the International Day of the Boy-child. Starting from 2024, we are also expanding the scope of our celebration of the International Day of the Boy-child.

Every year, we mark the International Day of the Boy-child on May 16, with a lineup of activities and initiatives. We believe that soon enough, the world will join us in consciously dedicating time to mark the International Day of the Boy-child and pay attention to boy-child-related issues.

The International Day of the Boy-child is still largely disregarded among individuals, brands, and corporate organizations. Every year, we run online awareness campaigns as part of our celebrations of the International Day of the Boy-child. These campaigns are geared towards making more people understand there is indeed a day dedicated to the celebration of the boy-child, and to also create awareness about the issues boys face in society and how we can collectively combat these issues.

At Boys Without Borders, our annual commemoration of the International Day of the Boy-child is never complete without the symposium. Between 2020 and 2022, we organized online symposiums to mark this day. In 2023, we organized our first physical symposium at Ojoo High School. The symposiums serve as an avenue to engage both boys and members of society on salient boy-child-related topics and further drive narratives and discourses about the boy-child.
Most of our outreach campaigns — to schools and communities — have been in line with our annual celebration of the International Day of the Boy-child. We believe the best time to spread awareness and facilitate continued discussions about the boy-child is a period globally recognized for the celebration of the boy-child.

Starting in 2024, The International Day of the Boy-child celebrations by Boys Without Borders Nigeria will involve the Sunday Ogunjimi Annual Oratory Competition, an initiative targeted at boys in secondary schools. Thanks to our sponsor, Mr. Sunday Ogunjimi, we will directly impact hundreds of boys in secondary schools, while equipping them with an important soft skill and rewarding them for their participation.

Starting in 2024, The International Day of the Boy-child celebrations by Boys Without Borders Nigeria will involve the Chidera Anushiem Annual Essay Competition, an initiative targeted at male undergraduate students. Thanks to our sponsor, Mr. Chidera Anushiem, we will directly impact hundreds of young men and through their essays, drive discourses about the boy-child.
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