Support the Marginalized!
Marginalize is to intentionally force or keep someone in an undesirable position within a society or group.
The simplest way to define the marginalized is person or group of people who are treated as insignificant or accorded less importance.
The marginalized may include those severely impaired from birth who are disabled, orphans, poor, widowed et al.
Others refer to the marginalized as a status someone acquired, those who lost their status due to the social, political, economic changes.
When you push people to the edge of society by not allowing them a place within it, you marginalize them. People who are marginalized have relatively little control over their lives and the resources allocated to them. In other words, cannot even speak out about certain issues affecting them. They may be stigmatized and receive negative public attitudes instead.
The marginalized relatively have limited access to education, health, housing, income, recreational services. With all this that they experience, they develop low self-confidence and self-esteem, Different people will respond differently to the different marginalization depending on the personal or social resources available to them. Be it social attitude or circumstance. They feed on poverty, dependency, and feeling of shame as their everyday aspects. They lack a sense of belonging. One cannot deny their community. How do you belong to a community that discriminates you anyway? How do you fit in?
Economically, these people contribute to the community by what they do but are not recognized. Their incomes may vary following the cliché that they are not part of the community (or organization) and do not contribute a lot compared to their counterparts. The working poor actually fear to participate in organizational duties because of fear or suspicion depending on where they do their work from.
This group of people, however, need financial assistance to go on with their inventions and innovations. Associations that accept donations which they later present to them would be a good idea. Being on the MasterCard Foundation Scholars’ Program has taught me the belief and practicality of doing it individually or as a team rather than wait for the bureaucratic release of funds to help our people in the community. The idea that one should not wait for another to tell them to do something even when it exercises patience. Embracing transformative leadership is the way to go. We use the cliché-being able to lead without being appointed to
Politically, a report made on 15 December 2015 pointed out that the poor, marginalized and vulnerable people are not accorded justice in the judicial system. This category of people cannot afford lawyers to pay court dues charged by some court officials. People should advocate that this category of people receive free legal services from the lawyers.
Empowerment should be geared towards helping the marginalized access business development rather than avoid it or fear taking risks in business.
Issues such as mentorship and coaching, access to skills training and entrepreneurship education, identification of innovative ideas for youth involvement should be pursued as a matter of priority. An approach to this should be leveraged on identifying where their passion lies. Everyone has a unique top talent that no one else has.
You cannot fake passion- Barbara Corcoran
Passion is original. This way one can work on a venture without being pushed. When faced with challenges, one will always find a way out. Passion triggers excellence at that. No one would ever want to fail their passion/talent in something.
People fail to answer these questions,
- “Where does your passion lie?”
- “What are you good at?”
- “What can you do best without tight supervision but get compelling results?”
Designing a people-centered approach that trains, provides education and information sharing about various opportunities will help boost their esteem and instill confidence.
Barriers to education can be reduced by providing impoverished children access to free education, leadership skills enhancement and self-drive. The package should include helping them identify a skill and train during the holiday in order to generate income for their well-being and transition from school. Challenging the current education system that teaches children to cram, get good grades, seek for jobs rather than create jobs. This neglects practicability, passion, the personal development that exists in the real world. Schools and the education system should include the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). This makes it is easier for students to identify a problem and work on a project in line with these goals to solve the existing problem in their communities.
We should protect the existence of national or ethnic, cultural groups of the minority and encourage the promotion of their identity.
They should have platforms to participate effectively in decision making, enjoy their own culture without any form of discrimination. The rest should listen to them, they must be heard. Speaking and listening go hand in hand.
Supporting them to open their own associations will enable them to maintain the sense of belonging and feel accepted in their communities.
They should participate effectively in the economic progress and development of the country.
The Grass Root Change Makers’ Summit will be addressing issues on how to support the marginalized in our communities at Land Star Hotel in Makindye, Uganda. This event brings together over 150 change makers, innovators, activists, public figures who will exchange brilliant ideas on how they can change society by supporting the marginalized economically, politically, economically for the greater good. This will help the coming generation to walk right through this balance in the community.
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