Welcome to our new series, where we will be introducing you to people involved in VMM all over the world. Here, meet Gorret Kugonza Rusa, Child Protection Officer at Mountains of the Moon University, who was trained in child safeguarding by VMM Child Safeguarding Mentor, Emily Hosford.
‘Our Children Our Future’
I am happy to share my story and the passion I have towards child protection work. My passion increased after the CODE training sponsored by VMM. I am so grateful to VMM for opening my eyes to the world of children. My impact is felt not only at Mountains of the Moon University, but the whole region of Rwenzori- western Uganda. This is what I share with people in the university and the whole region.
Children are a gift from God, and we encounter them every time in our lives either as our own children, our colleague’s children, our students’ children, and the children in the community.
Our commitment as a university is to create awareness to all the people within our reach to be aware of their obligations to provide for children’s optimal chance to survive and to develop to their full potential and to take their place in the local, national, and international community.
Anyone working or in a relationship with Mountains of the Moon University shares the commitment to protect children of this world. Either as a visitor, as a student on internship within the university or in other organisations, students on school practice, and our staff; we are obliged to see any child as if they are ours.
We stress the importance of the family; a cross cutting issue. Happy families create a safe environment for children.
If we are to protect children, then we have to bear the duty to report any suspicion of child abuse without fear. We appeal to all organisations to do thorough screening when recruiting new employees on their background so as to reduce the risks of child abuse in our communities.
PARENTING AS AN INTEGRAL COMPONENT OF CHILD PROTECTION:
Parents are the most important teachers in their children’s lives. Children learn most of their moral values from their parents. If you have noticed, most children imitate their parents. Along with love and care, children require someone to discipline them. Parents are the best ones who can discipline them. When disciplined by a parent, the child understands that he/she is loved but has done something wrong and hence has been corrected; but we emphasize on the non- use of corporal punishment.
Parenting is much more than just providing materialistic things for your children. Parenting should involve spending time with your kids, chatting with them daily, teaching them good from bad, correcting them every time they do something wrong, teaching them manners, teaching them to share, loving them, playing with them, teaching them what respect is and installing moral values in them. I firmly believe that one of the major causes of violence in our world today is the lack of good parenting. If you teach your children values such as love and forgiveness, you have helped make our world a better place.
Parenting is the power that parents possess to mould their children into decent and loving individuals.
Parents have the ability to inspire their kids and to teach them moral values. Children automatically imitate what they learn at home and what they learn at home, they never forget. You can be sure that they will pass it on to their children as well. In the light of the above, parenting is not just important, it is essential. Good parenting on behalf of the parents will in turn ensure a better society at large.
If we teach and inculcate the right values in our kids today, we have hope for a brighter future; we have hope for a better world, a world in which our children and grandchildren can live in peace and harmony.
Effective parenting has never been more important to a family’s success than today. Proper parenting shapes the coming generations, and the way the next generation will behave, affecting the world around them. History has taught us that parenting without a proper foundation has always and indefinitely lead to confusion for any developing child. That is why the attempt of trying to be a successful parent is so important and will be the most important job of one’s life. Knowing what healthy methods are best for one’s child during parenting is time consuming but a rewarding effort.
Much as we are very busy today in our society, let us not forget the role we have to do; parenting.
- Communicate well with your children; know that they understand.
- Stay calm amidst turmoil. Don’t let anger take on you.
- Be a role model to your children; the way we dress, the way we talk and general behaviour
- Be consistent; be the same in all situations
- Keep praise and punishment without hurting.
- Provide their basic needs as required. This call parents to work hard and prioritise their children’s needs.
As I already mentioned, the work of parenting is the hardest work, but with love, we can manage and see these children become successful adults.
‘‘OUR CHILDREN OUR FUTURE’’