By Zuurah Karungi & Sarah Aanyu

Parents, teachers, peers and environment contribute a lot in nurturing and shaping children, and who they become as adults. Like an African proverb says; it takes a village to raise a child. This is a serious role that should not be left to either teachers, parents or peers…it is everyone’s business.

“It’s time for mothers and fathers to come out of exile and educate your children,” Pope Francis said in his May 20 Weekly audience. He further lamented on how schools are often more influential than families in shaping the thinking and values of children.

This comment comes after the busy schedule of parents and due to this, they have ignored their duty in bringing up their children and left it to experts like teachers, house helps relatives and many other able people to play a major role in bringing up their children.

Hajj Ali Muggaga Kasule, the headmaster of Kibuli SS, notes that parents are contributing towards nurturing their children because both parents and teachers’ roles complement each other.

Hajj Kasule argues that there should be no blame on parents for failing to nurture a child because parents are the first teachers in the child’s life. Right from birth, the child grows up imitating what their parents do so the upbringing depends on what the parents intend to impart in the child.

“The teachers simply add to what the parents have already taught because all we do is teaching them how to be good students in the society in that we impart in them cultural, religious values and how to socialise. This we do by striking a balance between what the parents already taught them and that of the teachers,” Hajj Kasule argues.

He narrates an incident of a child who was found with wine at school. When the parent of the child was called to be briefed about the issue, the parent defended the child by telling the headmaster that he found no fault with anyone taking wine. The only crime that his child had committed was taking it to school.

This, he blames on parents abandoning the traditional way of bringing up the children and adopting the Western culture.