World Day of the Boy Child 2024


…JSA Boys Mentorship embarks on anger management sensitization for boys and parents

By Ethel Adjorlolo MARFO

Founded in 2018 by Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh in Trinidad & Tobago, WDBC is annually observed by 29 countries including Junior Shapers Africa (JSA Boys Mentorship) based in Ghana. WDBC seeks to celebrate the contributions of boys as well as address their silent struggles.

The observance for 2024 is themed, ‘Cool Boys; Teaching boys how to manage anger and aggression’.

Managing anger and aggression is a crucial skill for boys to learn, as these emotions, if not properly handled, can lead to negative outcomes in personal, academic, and social contexts. Boys often face societal pressures to exhibit toughness and suppress vulnerability, which can exacerbate feelings of anger and aggression. Educating boys on healthy emotional management is essential for their overall well-being and development.

Understanding anger and aggression

Anger is a natural and often healthy emotion that arises in response to perceived threats or injustices. However, when anger escalates into aggression—physical or verbal behavior intended to cause harm—it becomes problematic. Aggression can lead to conflicts, strained relationships, and legal issues.

Boys may experience anger due to various factors, including stress, frustration, feeling misunderstood, or encountering unfair treatment. Recognizing these triggers is the first step in managing anger effectively.

Anger management strategies to support boys

  1. Emotional awareness and expression

Identify Emotions: Teach boys to recognize and name their emotions. Using emotion charts or journals can help them articulate feelings rather than act them out aggressively

Express Emotions Healthily:  Encourage boys to talk about their feelings with trusted adults or peers. Validate their emotions to reduce the stigma around expressing vulnerability.

  1. Developing Coping Mechanisms

Physical Activities: Encourage physical activities like sports, martial arts, or even a simple walk to release pent-up energy and reduce stress.

Relaxation Techniques: Introduce relaxation methods such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga. These practices can help boys calm their minds and bodies during moments of anger.

  1. Problem-Solving Skills

Conflict Resolution: Teach boys how to resolve conflicts through communication rather than aggression. Role-playing scenarios can be effective in practicing these skills.

Decision-Making: Help boys develop a step-by-step approach to problem-solving. This can involve identifying the problem, brainstorming solutions, evaluating consequences, and choosing the best course of action.

  1. Modeling and Reinforcement

Positive Role Models: Ensure that boys have access to positive male role models who demonstrate healthy ways of handling anger and aggression.

Reinforcement: Provide positive reinforcement when boys manage their anger well. Praise and rewards can motivate them to continue practicing these skills.

  1. Educational Programs and Workshops

Schools and community mentorship initiatives provided by JSA Boys mentorship can offer programs specifically designed to teach emotional regulation and anger management. These programs often use a combination of group discussions, activities, and individual exercises to build skills.

  1. Creating a Supportive Environment

Safe Spaces: Create environments where boys feel safe to express their emotions without fear of judgment. This can be in the home, school, or community settings.

Parental Involvement: Educate parents on the importance of supporting their sons in managing anger. Parents can reinforce skills at home and provide a consistent message.

Long-term benefits

Teaching boys to manage their anger and aggression has long-term benefits. These skills contribute to better mental health, improved relationships, and greater academic and career success. Boys who learn to handle their emotions constructively are less likely to engage in violent behavior and more likely to develop empathy and emotional intelligence.


Managing anger and aggression is a critical life skill for boys, helping them navigate the challenges of growing up in a complex world. By providing them with the tools to understand, express, and cope with their emotions, we equip them to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. Through emotional awareness, positive role models, and supportive environments, boys can learn to channel their anger into positive actions and develop into well-rounded individuals.

Junior Shapers Africa Boys Mentorship 

Founded in 2015, JSA Boys Mentorship is Ghana’s premier boys’ mentorship advocacy & grooming initiative. It hosts a variety of extra-curricular & social impact programs to cater for various age groups of boys and their developmental needs through mentorship. JSA has mentored and interacted with 10,000+ boys in Ghana and boys from other nationalities.

Call for support

Mentors, volunteers & partners are invited to support the annual JSA Boys to Men Mentorship Tour to address the silent struggles of male students across Ghana.

>>>the writer is a Certified Educator | Award Winning Boys Mentorship Activist| Junior Shapers Africa | JSA Boys Mentorship. She can be reached on 0545930921||0244605206 and or [email protected]

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