Nairobi, 22 June, 2020 / 10:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Kenya have expressed their strong opposition to alleged attempts to introduce Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in schools aimed at controlling teenage pregnancies in the East African nation. They have also objected to the abortion bill before Kenya’s Senate.
“We are totally opposed to those trying to introduce Comprehensive Sexual Education in schools as a way of curbing teenage pregnancies,” the Bishops in Kenya say in a statement, which was read out at the end of the televised Mass Sunday, June 21.
They decry the numerous risks that children are exposed to amid COVID-19 restrictions such as domestic violence, alcohol and substance abuse, defilement and lack of basic necessities of life due “to their age-related vulnerabilities.”
“Strong family values and personal responsibility on nurturing and safeguarding children can go a long way towards eradicating or significantly reducing child sexual exploitation and the resultant teenage pregnancies that scatter life-goals of our dear children,” they say in their collective message read out by Bishop Joseph Mbatia who presided over the televised Mass at the Holy Family Minor Basilica, Nairobi.
Safeguarding of all children is “everyone's responsibility,” the Bishops say and appeal to parents, guardians and caregivers to “prioritize their children's wellness and safety even as they go about their daily activities in search of income for livelihood.”