Abstinence is still outstanding


The multi-national organisations, which I call ‘Bulldozers of Africa, are at it again!
According to one of the dailies, an official of the United Nations Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has asked nations to stop preaching abstinence to teenagers because it is “not practical.”
The agency’s HIV and Health Education Advisor for Eastern and Southern Africa, Ms Patricia Machawira, said the “majority” of the teenagers are sexually active, adding that it is high time governments stopped “wasting time” preaching abstinence but focus on promoting safe sex.
I appreciate the fact that there is increased early sex among young people and as a result, teenage pregnancy has shot through the roof. Some of the reasons for this alarming rate are: increase in moral turpitude, misuse of technology, poor parenting and some bad religious and cultural beliefs.
According to the 2018 annual Police Report, 15,366 defilement cases were reported. This means there is more to this than the eye meets.
Parental involvement in children’s lives is one of the greatest challenges we have. When I was growing up, my mother walked us to school and ensured we were safely home. This is no more. We all struggle to survive in search of a dignified life, which we largely never attain.
There is a need for parents to give time to their children because this is where everything begins. Our moral decay is a mirror reflection of what transpires in our families.
In The New Vision of July 30, 2019, the Police said that 7,215 defilement cases were reported in the last six months and it advised parents to listen to their children’s stories because it is the easiest way to know what they go through on a daily basis.
I have a couple of questions for UNESCO. Why must everything including sexuality of our children be prescribed by a UN agency? Can’t we have our own way of managing our lives without directions from these world-governing bodies? How has China, for example, managed to hold onto its own civilization and its affairs? Why should the UN tell us how to manage even the most natural and obvious part of our lives? How about those of us who believe in the Bible, which detests fornication?
How come the rate of condom distribution and teenage pregnancy are synonymous? Last year, I had the opportunity of visiting a few rural health centres, and the nurses expressed the need for more condoms because the stores keep running dry. If many people seem to use safe method championed and funded by our ‘moral police’ UNESCO, why is it that teenage pregnancy numbers are skyrocketing?
The ideas fronted by UNESCO appear glossy, but they are recipe for disaster for our nation. In addition to Christian values, we have our cultural institutions that teach young people the best way of managing sexuality. In Buganda, for instance, the Nabagereka (Queen of Buganda) has an arrangement dubbed Ekisakaate. Her programmes seek to leverage culture with the aim of improving the quality of life of children, youth and women. I am patiently waiting to hear UNESCO praising these cultural foundations as a model for fighting early sex.
A true friend is one who can help you get to your destiny. Is UNESCO’s safe sex drive leading us to a safer destination? I believe in future, UNESCO might request that condoms be a part of school requirements!
Let us listen to children, answer their questions and raise them according to God’s instructions because abstinence is possible.

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