PARENTS and guardians in Matabeleland North Province yesterday drew a list of qualities they expect from daughters and sons-in-law, which, however, may be unattainable because they no longer have time to play their roles diligently and train children to have the expected qualities.
The children that parents are neglecting, it was observed, were the future sons and daughters-in-law who should be equipped with cultural norms and values. It came out yesterday during First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa’s Nharirire Yemusha Programme.
The Nharirire Yemusha programme has been an eye-opener and alerted parents on the need to play their roles diligently to shape a bright future for their children. This comes as Zimbabwe has witnessed an unprecedented surge in drug and alcohol abuse, prostitution, teen pregnancies and general disrespect among youths.
Much of these challenges have been ascribed to parent’s failure to counsel children due to modernisation and abuse of social media, hence the First Lady’s intervention. Yesterday’s proceedings, which brought together all districts in Matabeleland North Province — Hwange, Lupane, Binga, Bubi, Nkayi, Tsholotsho and Umguza — were held in strict observance of Covid-19 protocols of masking up, washing of hands and maintaining social distance.
Participants also came from as far as Victoria Falls as they did not want to miss the First Lady’s programme.