Teach lit­tle kids about sex in school, ACK bishop tells state

ACK arch­bishop says lack of com­pre­hen­sive, cur­ricu­lum in­clud­ing moral­ity means chil­dren learn about in­ter­course, drugs and al­co­hol through the media

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central - GE­ORGE MUGO @ge­o­mu­goh

The gov­ern­ment should de­velop a com­pre­hen­sive sex ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum for nurs­ery and pri­mary school chil­dren, ACK Arch­bishop Jack­son ole Sapit has said.

He said ig­no­rance leads many chil­dren to ex­per­i­ment with sex, drugs and al­co­hol.

“Morals should be in­stilled at a young age. Our so­ci­ety is get­ting lost when it comes to mat­ters in­volv­ing sex, al­co­holism and drugs. The best thing we can do is to han­dle it by in­still­ing the val­ues of ed­u­ca­tion in our chil­dren,” Sapit said.

He spoke dur­ing St Paul’s Univer­sity’s 25th grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony in Limuru town on Fri­day.

Present were chan­cel­lor Sam Ko­bia, vice chan­cel­lor Joseph Gal­galo and deputy di­rec­tor of univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion at the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion Christo­pher Ye­gon.

“We are mov­ing for­ward. We should not look back be­cause we will start blam­ing our­selves for our mis­takes. Let us look for strate­gies that will help our so­ci­ety see the fruits of hard­work,” Sapit said.

He said lack of a sex­u­al­ity ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme has made chil­dren “dis­cover dif­fer­ent al­co­holic brands and con­doms through the media”.

“Our chil­dren are watch­ing too much tele­vi­sion, where ad­verts of con­doms and al­co­holic drinks are aired. This makes them grow up quickly. No mat­ter how much we teach them, they have al­ready been ex­posed to these mat­ters and they will try,” Sapit said.

Gal­galo urged par­ents to take their chil­dren to church and other re­li­gious in­sti­tu­tions so they can learn good morals.

He said par­ents should also take chil­dren to school “be­cause they also need to be­come well-ad­justed mem­bers of so­ci­ety.

“Churches and mosques also have a duty to en­sure our chil­dren be­come de­cent mem­bers of so­ci­ety” Gal­galo said.

GE­ORGE MUGO

St Paul’s Univer­sity grad­u­ates dur­ing the in­sti­tu­tion’s 25th grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony at the main cam­pus in Limuru town on Fri­day/

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