Anglican clergyman Reverend John Rogers has urged Barbadians to step out and help guide the nation’s youth as he underscored the need for mentorship in the society.
Speaking at a church service this morning at his St George Parish Church to launch National Youth Week, Reverend Rogers questioned whether adults had created a void in the society by not mentoring and helping to guide young people.
“Have we created a void for our young people? Is there a case where we did not pass down the lessons that we were taught? We often talk about attending Sunday School as children and all we have learnt, why aren’t we enforcing that for our children? Have we broken the line of transmission?” Rogers questioned.
He reminded parents and guardians that great nations are built by persons going above and beyond the call of duty and implored them to do more to help their charges.
“What are we doing for generations to come? Don’t we care about our children and our children’s children?”
Reverend Rogers lamented that too many people were caught up with their own personal gain and this he said was one of the reasons that young people were suffering.
“ This is why we are having so much problems in our society. Persons think of themselves only. This I believe is why we are having problems with the Student Revolving Loan Fund, persons who borrowed in the past don’t see the need to repay so others can benefit and that is sad,” Rogers added.
He also encouraged the youth to be contented with what they have and to always hold fast to the word of God.
“The love of money is the root to all evil. Contentment with Godliness is a good thing. Remember that. Hold firm to your faith even though you may see others going down the wrong road. Stick to what you believe in and fight the good fight,” he added.
In his address to the congregation, Minister of Youth Stephen Lashley also stressed that the young people needed more parental guidance.
“Parents need to enforce rules and not let the children run things. Let the children know who is boss and don’t let them tell you what they are going to do,” Lashley said.
He added that his ministry was currently looking at ways in which they could ‘big up’ positive young people to show that not all of them are going astray.
Youth Week continues tomorrow with an open day at the Ministry of Youth in Haggatt Hall, St Michael and will conclude with the Richard Herbert Memorial Cricket Match on October 1st at Eden Lodge, St Michael