Invest in the youth

2015-07-08 06:01
Wageng Mekwa – Social Observer

Wageng Mekwa – Social Observer

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IN the era in which I was raised, parents used to task children with performing assignments at home; they guided and mentored them.

This gradually prepared their offspring to receive the baton of responsibilities in life. Children would even continue to do things in the absence of their parents. These tasks included helping to cultivate vegetable gardens, cleaning yards, cooking, as well as washing and ironing clothes.

Since today’s parents are not like those of the golden days, parental guidance has also shifted, leaving many youth with no basics of the reality of life. This has seen youth struggle to cope with challenges in life after taking the baton to keep families going when parents are no more.

Youth lack the basics, because they waste too much of their time doing nothing worthy. The attitude of being inconsiderate has exposed them to evil temptations. Most mischief and crime youth become involved in, is testimony to this.

Often youth do not even bother taking the initiative of becoming involved in worthwhile activities at their homes. Anyone who does not find something worthwhile to do in life, starting at home, becomes a burden to others.

There are various means through which one can keep busy which require no finance. I refer to libraries, which are a source of information for youth. Here they can read books to acquire knowledge. There is also the option of making use of the indoor sports centres for training, participating in church events and joining choirs, or being part of the young men’s and women’s league (manyano), which provides free spiritual counselling.

It is saddening to see these institutions and sports venues empty, as opposed to taverns filled to capacity with youth.

While some youth venture into the car-wash business to make a living, why can others not consider managing garden-cleaning services for a living?

I am of the opinion that finance is not the problem, but that laziness among the youth is the big monster. Laziness is the root cause of all evil, because people do not try to look out for something worthy to do other than crime.

It is high time that parents invest in the youth as future leaders. They need to teach them moral values and to behave well in order to earn the respect of society.

Let me point out that there is no justification for wrong deeds, no matter what the cause or how understandable the situation can be. The youth must learn to protect their community and treat it as their own. I mean, they must love it and guard against any wrong elements to prove they pride themselves in becoming part of a caring nation.

The youth must take a firm stance against evil such as robberies, murder, theft and ill-discipline which compromise human values.

They must remember that, as the future generation, they should display exemplary behaviour. The older generation will leave this world happy knowing that they have in the present generation men and women who will value good morals for years to come.

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