My wonder is, how will parenting take shape in our generation?- Anonymous

WHAT IS IN ALL THIS FOR OUR GENERATION? While speaking at the release of  UACE results on 20th August 2021, the Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni shocked the Nation as she blamed the rising numbers of teenage pregnancies on poor parenting. While I partially agree with her opinion, little did she recall or mention her responsibility in this, the indefinite closure of schools by the government due to the COVID-19 pandemic contributed highly to this social epidemic?

“Parents should stop blaming government and instead take full responsibility for the outcomes of poor upbringing of their children”-Obsever

Minister Kataaha shifted the blame from the government which promised Radios, television sets and printed reading materials which it failed to deliver as had assured to the parents who were overwhelmed by the much time of eye-opening guardianship towards their children and also trying as hard to feed them for the long uncertain period of school closure. Maybe, the promised reading materials would have kept those impregnated children positively occupied.

My wonder is, how will parenting take shape in our generation? A generation where it will be believed that we all learn from our mistakes and that as long as you don’t die on the delivery bed, society will lift you up and encourage you to hold your head high. Maybe our generation will in parenting be worse than this.

“There is a problem in our society where families have honestly abdicated their role completely,” Ms Museveni said, adding: “Nothing has made my heart bleed in this season of the pandemic than hearing that our children can only be safe at school; that our children are not safe at home’-Daily Monitor

Growing up, our parents always told us of a common proverb regarding how all girls in the village are mocked if any gets pregnant out of wedlock. They cautioned and told us how sex was sacred and exclusive for the married. Then again, I wonder whether our generation of mothers just a few years older than their daughters will warn them about the consequences they never as much considered themselves? If only we could think of how our generation would be a few years from now especially regarding parenting, we would start shaping it now and stop the ironic blame game.

writer-Anonymous

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Frank Byaruhanga is a human rights activist with years of experience in community dialogues, digital communication, advocacy and digital campaigns. He specializes in Media Relation Work, Management and Training with sufficient knowledge in Governance, Accountability, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth-led research, Content developer, Creative Activism, Social Media Management and documentary photography.

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