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A better society starts from the family, not school or government

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By Lilian Omoyemi Mann

As we strive for a more harmonious and prosperous society, it’s easy to point fingers at schools and the government, blaming them for all our woes. But the truth is, a better society begins with the family unit. The values, beliefs, and principles instilled in us from a young age shape our worldview and behavior, influencing the world around us.

While schools play a vital role in education and development, and governments provide infrastructure, policies, and services, they cannot replace the fundamental role of families in shaping society. Some parents may leave the responsibility of values and character development to schools, but the family remains the first and most significant influence on a child’s life.

Strong families build strong communities, and strong communities build a strong society. When parents model good values, such as respect, empathy, and honesty, their children are more likely to adopt these traits. In turn, these children grow into responsible citizens, contributing positively to their communities.

Families provide a sense of belonging and support, helping individuals develop emotional intelligence, conflict resolution skills, and a sense of responsibility. These essential life skills enable individuals to navigate challenges, make informed decisions, and become active participants in their communities.

By prioritizing family values, parental guidance, and community engagement, we can create a ripple effect of positivity that resonates throughout our society. Let us recognize the power of family in building a better world and strive to nurture these relationships, for a brighter future begins at home.

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