Nnabagereka Foundation: Parents Doing Little to Instill Values in Children

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Solome Nakaweesi Kimbugwe, the Chief Executive Officer, Nnabagereka Development Foundation says they decided to roll out the campaign to upcountry stations in Masaka to help fight declining moral standards among children.

Parents are responsible for fuelling moral decadency among children in Buganda and Uganda in general because they don't have time for proper parenting, Solome Nakaweesi-Kimbugwe of Nabagaereka foundation observes.
 
This week, Nnabageraka Development Foundation took its famous Ekisaakaate program to Masaka. Ekisaakate program was founded by Sylvia Nagginda, the Buganda Kingdom Queen, nine years ago to inculcate cultural norms into children around Buganda. It targets children between six to eight years.
 
Previously children would be taken to a selected venue in Kampala and given special cultural training, leadership skills, parental care, and sex education.
 
Children who attend Ekisaakaate pay a particular fee to cater for their upkeep as they undergo special training undertaken by selected teachers and counsellors.
 
In Masaka, the children are paying one hundred eleven thousand shillings for a weeklong Ekisaakate.
 
Solome Nakaweesi Kimbugwe, the Chief  Executive Officer, Nnabagereka Development Foundation says they decided to roll out the campaign to upcountry stations in Masaka to help fight declining moral standards among  children.
 
Kimbugwe explains that their nine years' experience shows that many parents have abdicated their parenting duties to their maids.
 
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Information available at MIFUMI, a gender based organization working in Masaka, shows that at least 55 cases of teenage pregnancy have been reported in the region in the last two years.
 
Kimbugwe attributes teenage pregnancy to lack of sexual education from parents.
 
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Hajjat Sarah Matovu, a parent of six agrees with Solome Nakaweesi. She says they do not have enough time to instil values in their children.
 
Sarah Matovu explains that they spend most of the day time at work and this leaves them too little time to spend with their children.
 
There are older children like 17 year old Sanyu Margret who says she would very much love to join Ekisaakaate but she does not have money to pay to attend. Sanyu is fruits vendor in Masaka Municipality. She vends fruits to get some money for school fees at Bwala Secondary school.
 
Sanyu explains that her single mother cannot afford fees and Ekisakaate at the same time.
 
With the holiday season on, many holiday makers are flocking drinking joints and night clubs in Masaka without any restrictions.  
 
Henry Busulwa, the Masaka Deputy Mayor, says children below eighteen years are seen drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes in open bars.
 
Busulwa wonders why parents don't control their children.

 

About the author

Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.