St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN); “If men are directly and intimately involved in their children’s lives, including educational development, from day one, the children would grow up more law-abiding, more compassionate, less aggressive and more concerned with helping their brethren as opposed to being materialistic, individualistic, narcissistic, and selfish.”
So says Public Relations Officer for the National Men’s Council, Michael Blake.
Blake was a guest on WINNFM’s Breakfast Show on Wednesday (May 17).
He said the National Men’s Council is hoping to build its membership in order to carry out its vision of serving as a catalyst for and an enabler of positive men’s attitude and behaviour which will translate into quality role models who can train, teach and guide the nation’s children.
“We want to encourage men to engage in regular introspection, and self-reflection, with a view to correcting whatever weaknesses there may be in their behavior.”
Mr. Blake said the Council focuses on the empowerment of men, the representation of men and the advocacy of men’s issues and concerns.
Since its launch in November of last year (2016) the Men’s Council has started a lecture series, hosted a variety concert and inter-high school debate and visit elderly men 90 years and older on the occasion of their birthdays. However, the group had just about 15 active members according to the PRO, who added that membership and attendance are their main challenges.
“We see that one, the peculiar circumstances that single fathers bring to the table, and then of course we have the question of time; a lot of men don’t seem to have enough time to devote two hours per week to the Men’s Council. They render verbal support, moral support if you wish, and when the time comes, maybe some financial support, but we would wish to have them more directly and actively involved in the Council. We believe that their physical presence is important; we believe that their physical interventions are absolutely critical to the Council to survive. We are also having a problem with some men in terms of their consistency, like I said, of about thirty, we have fifteen that are reliably active, and the others drop in from time to time, they are not as regular, not as consistent, not as persistent, and not as insistence in their attendance and in their contribution as we would like.”
They intend to address the situation by creating sub-groups around the island and improve their fundraising efforts.
“We are going to continue the process, we have already had a sub-group meeting in Old Road, out of which we have had a number of men join the association, join the organization, they number among the thirty or so, and in fact they also are represented in that small cohort that is regular in its attendance and participation. We intend to do the same thing in Sandy Point, in Dieppe Bay, in Tabernacle, and in Cayon, so the idea is to physically visit these villages, these communities, towns and we will meet with the men, of course we would have provided knowledge and information, we would have provided notice of such a meeting in advance. We want the men to meet, we would meet in a central place and we would discuss what we are about and hope to establish sup-groups in those communities and villages.”
The National Men’s Council meets every Wednesday at the Irish Town Primary School at 5pm.