25 May 2018, Centurion.  The Man and Boy Foundation in partnership with the Film and Publication Board (FPB) will be hosting the second National Boy’s Day on the 27th of May 2018 in Daveyton, East of Johannesburg. The aim of the event is to raise awareness on the increase in gangsterism, substance and alcohol abuse within the Daveyton township.

In an effort to achieve the mandate of the FPB, the partnership with The Man and Boy Foundation comes at an opportune time to raise awareness on the social challenges that confront the boy child in society. The FPB and The Man and Boy Foundation understands that the country is at a state that requires a multi stakeholder approach in raising the boy child to become responsible and accountable men.

“The rapid increase of access to technology and rise of social media usage amongst the youth has been noted by both organizations. We understand that there are key efforts that need to be introduced to meet the needs and the challenges that are brought about by this phenomenon.” says Mr Sandile Nene, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the FPB. “We believe that content creation and the distribution thereof plays an important role on how the male child views society and the development of sound morals and values. It is for this reason that content classification methods be applied to inform and protect the boy child” Nene added.

“The growth and development of the boy child is everyone’s responsibility and partnerships with the FPB are of utmost importance” says Mr Nkululeko Nxesi Executive Director of The Man and Boy Foundation. Amongst others, some of the issues the event intends on addressing are: celebrating and appreciating the boy child; creating a platform for men and boys to engage on positive norms and values; to raise awareness about issues of violence against women, children and the elderly; and interrogate efforts of how to use tools like social media to mitigate such issues and ultimately empower the boy child. Boys between the ages of 10 and 20 will be mobilized to attend and benefit from the activities of the day.

Details of the events are as follows:

Date:               27 May 2018

Venue:           Daveyton, Victor Ndlazulwana Community Hall

Time:              09:00-15:00

Notes to Editors

Issued by:

Nthabiseng May

Email: Nthabiseng.May@fpb.org.za

Cell: 082 307 4706

Tel: 012 003 1400

For media enquiries/interviews contact:

Sandile Nene

Acting Chief Executive Officer

Email: Sandile.Nene@fpb.org.za

Cell: 083 712 2316

Tel: 012 003 1400

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