What is a creed? A creed represents article of faith. It can also be referred to as a statement belief. I have been involved in pleading the cause of the African Child since February 16, 1997.
The mandate is to bring to the very front burner of the conscience and consciousness of individuals, private and public institutions the rights and responsibilities of the African Child for due respect in the best interest of the child.
I will be sharing with you in the work my article of faith or statement of belief, which represents the pillars of my crusade as identified in the mandate above. I have identified 38 (thirty-eight) of them, which I live and share often with my areas of influence. This article of faith is core to my crusade and persuasions about Child’s Rights and Responsibilities. They are predicated upon God’s ordained universal principles which are unchangeable.
To make a difference in the lives of children, I humbly propose that custodians in the lives of the child must dutifully imbibe the creed I am about to share. I also believe that children, depending on the state of their development and must be taught the creed to enable them live up to their responsibilities.
I will not take much of your time. Join me as we journey into the land of my Child Protection CREED.
I do not ordinarily rejoice at the birth of a child except I know that the parents have carefully gathered the skills to give the child a hope and a future
The birth of a child is potentially (by God’s endowment) and positionally (by God’s plan) a blessing to our world. Where the parents and society are not responsibility enough to help the child to maximise his/her potentials and agree with the plan of God, the birth of a child may mark the beginning of unmitigated terror and horror for our world.
I have been involved in child protection issues in the last 15 years. Beginning from my personal experiences, I have studied the indelible impact of wrong up-bringing both and the victim (the child) and the world at large. I have come to the irresistible conclusion that bringing a child to this world is far less important than what the society, beginning from the parents/guardians plan to make of the child.
Since, I came to this conclusion, I no longer rejoice ordinarily when I hear that a child is born. I only rejoice if I know that the parents and society are deliberately equipped to give the child a future and a hope through proper training. The foregoing, I believe they can only do when they are aware of the requirements, according to divine and universal principles for properly bringing up a child. I daresay that it is not everybody, who is qualified to be parents. I will quickly catalogue some parents, who were not qualified to be parents but made a costly attempt to and threw our entire world into big mess by their bad parenting:
Ketevan Geladze and Besarion Jughashvili were the parents of Joseph Stalin. History records ‘Stalin had a violent upbringing. His father beat his mother and himself so violently that Stalin once had blood in is urine for over a week.’ According to BBC he was ‘one of the most powerful and murderous dictators in history…His regime of terror caused the death and suffering of tens of million.’
Alois Hitler and Klara Pölzl were parents of Adolf Hitler. The young Adolf lacked parental care and thoughtfulness. History records, ‘ignoring his son’s desire to attend a classical high school and become an artist, in September 1900 Alois sent Adolf to the Realschule in Linz.’ Adolf Hitler was very angry that his father wouldn’t allow him to pursue his dreams. Adolf was responsible for the World War II in which over 60million people were killed, which was over 2.5% of the world population. The 2nd World War has been referred to as ‘the deadliest conflict in all of human history.
Andreas Nyabire and Assa Aatte were the parents of Idi Amin Dada. Abandoned by his father at a young age, Idi Amin grew up with his mother’s family in a rural farming town in northwestern Uganda. He grew up to become a blood-thirsty despot, who kill between a 100,000 and 500,00 people during his reign of terror in Uganda.
Permit me to share with you one story of a child whose parents took conscious responsibility to lead and gave a future and a hope:
Morrow and William Franklin Graham were the parents of Billy Graham. Here is a man, whom God has used to transform many live in their millions. Here are his personal reflections on his parents as written in his autobiography, Just As I Am thus: ‘When they (my parents) read the family Bible in our home, they were not simply going through a pious ritual. Mother told us that they had established a family altar with daily Bible reading the very first day they were married. They accepted that book as the very Word of God, seeking and getting heavenly help to keep the family together. Every time my mother prayed with one of us, and every time my parents prayed for their sons and daughters, they were declaring their dependence on God for the wisdom and strength and courage to stay in control of life, no matter what circumstances might bring. Beyond that, they prayed for their children, that they might come into the kingdom of God.’
He also shared that his parents were not perfect but were committed to being an example to their children. Billy Graham still in his autobiography wrote: ‘there had to have been tensions between Daddy and Mother from time to time, that we children were not supposed to see. I suppose my parents occasionally disappointed each other, and certainly they sometimes disagreed about serious as well as trivial things. But in any quarrels between them (parents) that I witnessed, I never heard either of them use a word of profanity. My mother and father [mostly my mother] could storm at each other once in a while when provoked, but they weathered every tempest and sailed on, together. He concludes about his upbringing, ‘in all the strictness of my upbringing, there was no hint of child abuse.’
When children are born to parents like Billy Graham’s and many other parents, who I would have loved to share about here but for space, I rejoice with the parents, I rejoice with the child and I rejoice with our world.
Thank you for joining me today. Think the Child! Think Today! Think the Future.
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