IGNITING CHANGE IN THE SOCIETY: A Reflective Perspective
Igniting Change in the Society
Change, they say is the most constant thing in life and life in it-self signifies a movement. The higher we progress, the more fulfilled we become. This movement cuts across most ramifications and state of being including physical, intellectual, financial, economical, social, emotional and most importantly, spiritual state. It is therefore imperative to appreciate that as we permit evolution in life, it rewards with a heightened sense of fulfilment. As we gain new knowledge and explore new options, we explore better opportunities, become better individuals.
The quest for change brings people and resources together. Let’s examine a common narrative with a few key-points to effecting a change in our host communities.
Why do we need new experience?
A sense of purpose: The change we earnestly seek ignites a passion to become the best version of ourselves, hence, enacting change is irrevocably rewarding, it also signifies a valuable life skill. if we as a people can make effort to pinpoint certain areas of flaws which would require urgent improvement, being able to redefine our approach signifies a high level of confidence in own ability
Redefine our society: When the economic structure of a society remains the same over a long period of time it signifies a need for redefinition. A lot of people perceive the concept of change as disturbing or unsettling hence, causing a resistance. There is a certain kind of positivism surrounding redefinition of our society, it points our efforts in the right direction with immense exposure to growth and development in various key sectors including economical, financial, health, education and much more.
A chain of enthusiasm: Change is a movement and the world is in continuous motion, technological sector, finance sectors, education sectors, political sectors are gaining new grounds and evolving daily. Hence, a society without change is associated with lack of excitement, adventure and growth.
A revolution in our society: Whether the present situation of a society is incited by circumstances or individual decisions, change is our ticket to societal transformation
How can we drive change?
The responsibility rests upon us as a society to challenge the status quo. Everyone can become an advocate for change as well as play a vital role in community development and nation building if we can align our individual priorities with the goals of the society towards development and positive change.
One major tool effective in driving change is capacity building, it involves a process of developing an individual’s strength and sustainability. Capacity building is the first step to setting a solid foundation for human empowerment in our society, the focus is to invest in human capacity by developing and strengthening the skills, instincts, abilities, processes and resources required for adaptation, sustainability and survival in a fast-changing world. it further delves into the attitudinal and mindset restructuring of young people to become fully equipped world-changers ready to tackle and provide solutions to issues besetting the society within the financial, educational, governmental, and other paramount sectors of the economy.
Youth empowerment programs: A similar option to creating an avenue for change is via youth empowerment programs, it focuses on provisions that facilitate active participation, foster control via shared responsibility and provide avenues to adopt, practice and enhance soft/hard skills.
Youth empowerment programs engage youths in beneficial, social and society enhancing activities. These are defined and orchestrated by the youths themselves with an objective to help them gain new skills, manage responsibilities, and build adequate confidence. This sense of confidence will help them become productive, live a fulfilling life and in the long run impact their host communities. Youth empowerment activity is often seen as a pathway to national equity, civic engagement and democracy building.
Poverty alleviation: poverty alleviation, is a set of measures, both economic and humanitarian, that are intended to permanently lift people out of poverty (“poverty alleviation,” n.d.). The quest for poverty alleviation in Nigeria and Africa as a whole has become a cumbersome task reoccurring over the years, with the recent covid-19 outbreak around the globe poverty levels have sky rocketed in so many countries pushing a large population to the brink of starvation but interventions have been seen coming from prominent people of the Nigerian communities in various states to assist the citizens with palliatives in combating hunger and helping them survive through this hard times.
Poverty alleviation related activities of the institutions under NAPEP have been classified into four major categories:
- Youth Empowerment scheme (YES)
- Rural infrastructure Development Scheme (RIDS)
- Social Welfare Service Scheme (SOWESS) and
- Natural Resources Development and Conservative Scheme (NRDCS)
The Humanitarian Perspective: A humanitarian’s supports human welfare via every means possible, they act as an agent of change within and outside their host communities. (“poverty alleviation,” n.d.) Basically any activity that involves participating in a course which alleviates hunger, meets a need, disrupts violence or eradicate a disease is a humanitarian act. However, both common people and prominent people of a society can play a role in saving lives, relieving suffering, aiding skill acquisition, aiding human development and maintaining human dignity.
The need for change in a society is a paramount factor to growth and development, however, the humanitarian perspective aims at improving lives through social reforms, skills acquisition, youth empowerment programs, capacity building and more.