Save the youths
THE Prime Minister recently remarked that the nation’s youths were being “wiped out”. In her appeal against such devastation, she called on some of the agents in our society to assist. The Prime Minister stated, “We have to protect our youths before it is too late. We appeal to parents, teachers and the churches to assist...”
Two things are to be noted here—the day of reckoning seems to be fast approaching for our youths, and parents, teachers and churches play an integral role in heading off such a cataclysm.
The latter part of this contribution is my main focus. Although all avenues are not mentioned, these three involving the pillars of education, family and religion are important.
Parents are the core members in a family, and both mother and father play a pivotal role in the lives of their children. Their spiritual, physical and emotional input determines the output of the lives of their children. Teachers who represent the education system affect the minds of young people more than they realise. What they propagate is what our young people will learn. What they verbalise and entrench into the minds of young people has an immense effect on them. The church itself is an emblem of salvation and can be used to stabilise our youths.
Far from a ritualistic approach, faith in God can positively affect the most stubborn mind, and bring the hopeless heart into a place of courage and love. I hereby reaffirm the Prime Minister’s call for parents, teachers and churches to become catalysts for change in the lives of our youths, and for all parties involved to answer most solemnly to a summons that can determine the outcome of the lives of our nation’s youths.