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Why not nurture creativity in our young children?

The month of October has seen a wave of graduations in some universities.

It’s also the month candidates in different classes are either doing, or getting ready to begin their exams. There has been a lot of excitement for some children and parents and a month of anxiety for others.

I imagine there could be a family with candidates at all the three levels of completion (P7, S4, and S6) and maybe also a child who has just graduated from university.

I congratulate parents upon such achievement. I know it’s not just having children in school, but real responsibility and commitment to make a difference in your children’s lives.

Each child looks forward to a new level of life and achievement; joining senior one and senior five, starting a long holiday up to August in preparation for advancement in career, and for graduates, mostly searching for jobs, the guidance of a parent is still undoubtedly important.

The child needs to be guided in making life’s choices. The graduate needs to understand that today’s jobs are about creativity and confidence; the ‘vacist’ has to learn how to utilize his/her vacation profitability and the ones who still have to finish secondary education have to keep working harder if they’re to get better grades.

In all this, our children must learn how to keep God at the centre of everything. David the Psalmist reminds us to commit our ways to God and also trust in Him. He will bring everything to pass (Psalm 37:5).

While the wise king, Solomon, tells us to ‘trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, but acknowledge Him in everything and He will direct your ways’ (Proverbs 3:5).

It’s an exceptional moment to teach our children to have core life values that guide them in their accomplishments. They should have a vision and mission so that they walk and live a purposeful life.

It’s becoming hard to just live a life without focus in our current Uganda. One has to focus ahead and foretell how he/she will become successful tomorrow.

We all know that the youth’s population now stands at 23 per cent in the age group of 18 to 30 (UNHS report 2016/2017) with an increasing unemployment rate. Without teaching our children to be creative and think beyond life without a formal job, the competition ahead of them, with the mushrooming of universities across the country and many graduates on the market, education alone can be a challenge for one’s success in life.

This puts us to task as parents to make a difference in their lives. Why not prepare them early for alternative ways during this holiday break? I would think that paying huge amounts in tuition fees to universities for your child who may not easily get that job is not adequate, rather we should think of creating jobs for them.

This can be through vocational skills trainings or short courses during this time instead of having redundant vacists/graduates at home.

We are in a generation of multitasking in the labour market. Instead of your children focusing on one career area, you better plan for an enhanced path that will prepare your child right away from childhood to become creative. By now, you should have already thought of a plan for their holiday programme.

I have seen young children on the streets looking for school fees by selling their sketches. If this person was creative enough and succeeded in education, won’t he think of many opportunities for his sustainability in future rather than lamenting about “unemployment”?

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