I tend to agree with the writer’s confidence in the use of holistic and non-conventional approach in addressing issues in society. The mere existence of administrative protocols in our society, doesn’t necessarily mean all have confidence in them. Like every system, a community will always have internal solutions to its problem as it harbors, overtly and covertly. all the ills that plague it. I also believe that it is in human nature to defy and rebel against authority in equal measure. Conformity to such whims as formal administrative is always perceived as ‘snitching,’ which is unacceptable in most societies (Butts, Roman, Botswick, & Porter, 2015). Such closed culture frustrates deliberate machinations aimed at emancipating society from issues bedeviling development and thrive. In this light, several challenges retard outreach programs especially when targeting minority groups in society. Program initiators have to therefore device deliberate mechanisms to involve the community for their endeavors to bear fruit.
Do such community initiatives achieve the desired outcomes autonomously? If the involvement of formal administration negates desired results, how do such initiatives reprimand societal ills that occur when individuals are under their outreach program notwithstanding the mistrust they have on formal administrative structures?
I second the multi-sectorial approach in community initiatives as it plays an important role in mitigating outright challenges posed during program implementation. As such, involvement of parents in initiatives targeting children’s affairs is often successful due to their direct involvement. The Parents role is elevated to one of supervisory nature and only makes follow-up on their children. I also tend to agree with the writer’s perspective on how to guarantee active involvement of the parents and or guardians through program specificity and mono thematic inclinations by the program (Theodorou, 2007). The design however fails to recognize the role of the community in healthcare. The child is borne to a society and is therefore owed to by the society to ensure its thrive. Alienation of the child from the community would have far reaching effects as children are greatly influenced by the community in all aspects of their survival.
Butts, J. A., Roman, C. G., Botswick, L., & Porter, J. R. (2015). Cure violence: a public health model to reduce gun violence . Annual review of public health , 36, 39-53.
Theodorou, E. (2007). reading in between the lines: exploring te assumptions and implications of parental involvement. International journal about Parents in Health Education , 1 (0), 90-96.