Cabinda, 10 October, 2023 / 1:46 pm (ACI Africa).
Bishop Belmiro Cuica Chissengueti of Angola’s Cabinda Diocese is advocating for formal education in the Southern African nation’s rural communities to address the challenge of rural-urban migration.
In his homily during his pastoral visit St. Charles Lwanga Buku Zau Parish of his Episcopal See, Bishop Chissengueti said, “We need to provide primary and secondary schools in our rural communities, so that we can have young people in our villages.”
The rural-urban youth migration “removes creativity from the community and also creates underdevelopment, because no human space can develop without youth force," he said during his October 8 pastoral visit.
The Angolan member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CSSp.) also called the Spiritans or Holy Ghost Fathers urged for the creation of opportunities for youth employment.
“Once the conditions have been created for the training of young people in the communities, the conditions must be created for job opportunities,” he said, adding that having chances for employment will guarantee the retention of young people in their respective rural “communities, develop them and rejuvenate them.”