He went on to encourage youth in High Schools to be guided by principles and carry on with their chaste lives into the universities and beyond.
“For those in High School, think ahead. Keep up the morality that you have when you go to colleges and Universities,” Enzama said and added, “Chastity is to be followed in our entire lives.”
Organized annually on the Saturday closest to Valentine’s Day, February 14, the Youth Chastity Conference is an initiative that seeks to insist on the value of a “chaste Valentine” amid hype about the celebration.
“We see that Valentine, whose intention might have been good from the onset, has been corrupted. There will be hype in the media about Valentine,” Sr. Rose Macharia, the convener of this year’s conference told ACI Africa February 11.
The Kenyan-born Nun added that by living chaste lives, young people can “confidently become role models as opposed to what the media is trying to tell us.”
“We believe that once a young person has this upright life, they are going to make decisions and be at peace with themselves and God,” said Sr. Macharia who is at the helm of Mercy Education Office, the entity that spearheaded the conference.
This year’s edition of the Conference was held under the theme “Living Chastity During COVID-19.”
During the two-hour February 13 session, selected students from High Schools sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in Kenya made presentations on a variety of topics, including the role of peers in promoting chastity among the youth, the role of parents in promoting chastity among the youth, and threats to living chastity during COVID-19.
In a presentation of the role of parents in promoting chastity among the youth, a student from Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School, Shauri Moyo, within the Archdiocese of Nairobi said, “Parents need to educate their children on matters of chastity.”
The student suggested that while educating their children, parents also share their own respective experiences and how they were able to overcome some challenges during their youthful days.