A clergyman in Mpulungu has urged parents to encourage children especially girls to take education seriously.
Stella Maris Assistant Parish Priest, Isaac Kabumbu said it is disheartening to find that most girl children fall pregnant at a very tender age.
Fr Kabumbu noted that early marriages are retrogressive to the development of a human life and to the nation as a whole.
He said girl children especially in rural areas fail to attain proper education because of going into early marriage and early pregnancies.
“You should as children find pride in education, be happy to go to school so that you can take care of yourselves and support your families,” he said.
Fr Kabumbu explained that it is difficult for a child to concentrate in school when she is going through changes of womanhood.
“Be patient as children and learn from your parents so that you can help reduce the levels of poverty in your communities,” said Fr Kabumbu.
He said this during a homily, when he commissioned 20 members of Nazareth who he urged as parents to ensure that they perform their role of bringing up children in a Godly way.
“It is your responsibility as parents to ensure that you help guide this new generation to ensure they bring development not only to you as parents, but to the church and the nation as a whole,” he urged parents.