The Bishop of the Evangelical Reformed Anglican Church of Namibia (REACH-Namibia), Lukas Katenda, says modern education has not equipped children to think about the future.
Katenda was speaking at the launch of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Namibia in Windhoek on Friday.
“Back then, there was a system where people learned to think for themselves. Move what is necessary and discard what is not important. In modern education, everything is thrown on the table and our children are not sufficiently equipped to think for themselves what is best for now and what is best for the future,” he said. he declares.
Katenda also lamented that few young men regularly attend church services. “Young men are erratic about Sunday services…and are the hardest group to attract to weekly Bible studies or prayer meetings, and the most inattentive during meetings,” he said.
Katenda said young men waste their lives on negative influences.
“It is necessary to save young men from the bondage of sin and carelessness.
“This need to call young men to love God’s people and to learn the golden rule of doing unto others what they will do unto them cannot be overemphasized,” he said.
Katenda said not all young men are bad, they just lack guidance.
“In my little world I have intervened with some lost young men, but today I am proud to say that if young people could be guided in a way that was right, there were those who would accept,” did he declare.
Kirsti Mukwiilongo of YMCA Namibia said the organization is one of the largest in Africa and the world serving young people through different programs and activities for their own holistic development and to serve their own communities.
“We are registered with the Ministry of Health and have partnered with the Ministry of Education to implement a program inside and outside the school environment, as evidenced by the fact that more he children are exposed to physical, sexual and psychological violence in our schools, as well as their homes and communities.
“In addition to sexual and reproductive health, mental health, gender-based violence and suicide, the YMCA will engage schools on environmental and climate issues, sport for development and protection, and agriculture for food security,” she said.
Mukwiilongo said that they are focusing on humanitarian efforts and are in the process of establishing the regional and district offices of YMCA Namibia, and have recruited and are still recruiting as many young people as possible.
“Every child is welcome, from the age of 10, regardless of church, ethnicity or color,” she said.
The Justice Department’s Deputy Legislative Officer, Robyn Kleinhans, said Namibia was the youngest of allies in the YMCA, the continent’s largest pan-African movement.
“The vision of the YMCA is to empower young people for African renaissance based on Christian values and it aspires to develop young people for the holistic transformation of their communities,” said Kleinhans, adding that one of the pillars of the African YMCA is youth. Justice.
“One of the most serious problems we face in Namibia today is access to justice.
Across the country, many of our fellow citizens do not have access to the legal services to which they are constitutionally entitled.
“Young people are engaged in a holistic approach to share personal development and transformation from a perceived point of being citizens. Justice delayed is justice denied and therefore we salute the YMCA,” she said.