Greensprings School in Lagos is set to release a short drama series on YouTube, titled ‘It Still Takes a Village’ as part of efforts to raise awareness on the importance of creating an enabling society that protects and encourages every child to prosper.
The all-students-cast series, which is scheduled to premiere on June 30, 2022 on the school’s YouTube channel, highlights the values of the age-old communal parenting where parents cared for each other’s children regardless of whether the child is theirs or not.
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The first episode of the series will be released on June 30, while a new episode is expected to be added every two weeks.
Chief Strategy Officer of the school, Uche Ogbu, who disclosed premiere of the series, lamented that the culture of collectively raising a child through shared responsibility by various members of the society is being eroded by modern technologies and lifestyles.
According to him, parents must continue to play their role in ensuring that every child within their society is protected and supported towards achieving their highest potential.
The institution seeks to strengthen the family unit as the primary foundation that can determine the success of any child.
“As a family-oriented and child-centred institution, we chose to explore the African proverb which states that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, and we observed that the societal application of this concept is on a fast decline due to a plethora of factors, ranging from change in lifestyles, adoption of technology, excessive working hours, proliferation of mobile phones, social media binge, and child abuse among others.
“Therefore, we decided to do something about it by putting together a short drama series titled “It Still Takes a Village’. Our goal is to emphasize the need for an environment where the voices of our children are heard and taken seriously, with the help of multiple stakeholders comprising concerned parents, extended families, neighbours, teachers, professionals, and other members of the community,” he remarked.