Youths need mentorship and guidance to deter them from societal evils, Kenya Red Cross Society Mombasa branch board Chair Mr. Mahmoud Noor has said.
The renowned youths mentor said if guided to the right path, youths can become very resourceful and useful people in the society who can serve their own community.
Speaking during the KRCS Mombasa county debate competition held at the Swahilipot- Hub in Mombasa on Saturday, Mr. Noor said youths if well mentored and brought closer to the real life and current state of the nation, they will embrace ethics, self esteem and the zeal to work hard to stabilise their future.
He said the debates are meant to instill the required social knowledge in them and enable them to practice positive behaviors that will immensely contribute to the well being of the society.
The SwahiliPot-Hub, a technology and arts centre Patron said youths should not be left behind in any reform, societal, leadership and economic agenda since they are the base of the country’s economy and development.
[KRCS Board Chair Mahmoud Noor joins students during the debate competition. Photo/ Ahmed Omar].
According to Mr. Noor, if youths deliberate and debate on security, gender, economic, corruption among other pertinent issues in the society, they will easily differentiate between bad and what’s required of them.
“We have seen what our youths have been in the recent past gone through, let’s change the situation by engaging them in important issues revolving round the society,” he noted.
Builds self esteem
He said the debate involving secondary school students are pegged in improving their self esteem, how to abet evils in the society, how to embrace humanity and social life, how to embrace gender parity and overcome challenges in the current society, where or to whom they should seek advice whenever they feel wronged.
“The current state and the future well being f the society lies with our young generation, we should nurture them at a very tender age and guide them through the right path away from societal evils,” he noted.
[Mtopanga high school students during the debate. Photo/Mahmoud Noor].
The KRCS is conducting the Mombasa County debate competition that is meant to equip students with skills and knowledge about the current real life situation, the country’s leadership and development, how they should deter themselves from societal negative deeds being drugs and crime and how they will help their peers in the society.
Istiqama Academy, Allidina secondary school, Mtopanga, Mama ngina Girls high school, Shimo la tewa boys high school, Badhala secondary school, The light academy and Darul Ulum high school participated in the Saturdays competition.