“Nurture your children to be the best seed they can be to their generation & to society”, were the words of our Founder Director, Kudakwashe Nyakudya, as she empowered delegates attending the Uhuru Parenting Seminar last Saturday. She spoke these words to impart wisdom on how parents should focus on “qualitative parenting”, especially for children who have been exposed to Domestic Violence & Abuse (DVA), and other social traumas.
The seminar that was organised by award winning national solicitor and founder of Uhuru, Rumbidzai Bvunzawabaya, was focused on teaching fundamental precepts on the effective parenting of migrant families. Topics covered included Spiritual Context And Experiences Of Children & Adolescents, Effective Approaches To Education, Family & Marriage Counselling, Immigration Law 2014 , and Understanding The Role Of Social Services.
Kudakwashe specifically taught on The Impact of DVA On Children & Adolescents – including Child Sexual Abuse, providing in depth knowledge on the topic based on her personal experience, academic research, and professional working-knowledge. She also gave robust solutions for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare as a priority, and emphasised for this particular group of society to be skilfully assisted to find multi-dimensional restoration. This has the benefit of protecting them from becoming future perpetrators or victims.
To conclude her teaching, Kudakwashe applied deep biblical principles, emphasising that contemporary parenting needs to be re-engineered so that children and adolescents are nurtured into Godly character before they launch into adulthood. She added that re-instating “God’s original idea” into our culture counteracts the development and impact of social ills affecting many children and teenagers. Kudakwashe challenged parents to revise the cultures of their marriages so that children grow up in the best possible environment for them to thrive for a life time.
The delegates, who were mostly Christians, reported that Kudakwashe’s teaching was “life-changing”, “though provoking”, “much needed”, “world-class”, ‘a rich resource for community transformation’, and ‘took parenting to a higher level’. Kudakwashe herself stated that she found the whole conference “enriching” especially because of the line up of highly knowledgeable speakers.
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