KILIMANJARO: PARENTS and guardians have been advised to develop the habit of monitoring their children’s behaviour after their daily school sessions so as to ensure they have good morals.
Vice-President of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) His Eminence Bishop Flavian Kasala issued advice recently in his Homily during the Holy Mass to mark this year’s Christ the King Celebrations, which was held at the Christ the King Cathedral in Kilimanjaro Region.
He insisted that close monitoring of children will help to deal with the erosion of morals that threatens the future of the church and the nation as a whole.
“Teachers do a very good job in schools, but research shows that after leaving school, children do not receive additional advice from their parents or guardians that guide them to exercise good values and morals. This is very dangerous for the future of the church and even the nation,” he said.
“Several reports show that majority of parents do not have time with their children as most of them are occupied with other activities. This is a danger that must be avoided in order to build a strong church and nation,” he said.
Bishop Kasala, who is the presiding Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Geita, said that the better future of the church and nation as a whole starts at home, and that in order to get all that, parents have to be close to their children.
Regarding education, Bishop Kasala said that the church has been at the forefront in supporting government’s efforts to promote education. He said education is an important foundation in building a strong nation.
“Yesterday (Saturday) I conferred Degrees to 1,499 graduates of Mwenge Catholic University (MWECAU); this is a large number of scholars who will contribute greatly to the development of this nation,” he said.
He said the church will continue to contribute to improving the education sector in the country.
“Availability of experts who have good education provided by various educational institutions was the best foundation in building a strong church and nation,” he said.