KENYA: Offer Safe Environment for Students, Cardinal Njue Urges Catholic Educational Institutions

NAIROBI, APRIL 9, 2019 (CISA)-The Archbishop of Nairobi, John Cardinal Njue has stressed on the need for Catholic institutions in the country offer safe and friendly environment for students.

In his address during the official opening of the 5th edition of the Catholic Private Educational Institutions Association (CaPEIA) Conference, he called on stakeholders to ensure the students are free from drug and substance abuse, sexual harassment and abuse, emotional and physical violence, and neglect and exploitation.

“This forum gives you the opportunity to share and own your focus in order to deepen the gospel values and enhance your capacity to address the current and emerging challenges faced by children and young people in schools,” Cardinal Njue said.

He urged key players in the education sector to ensure that young people are nurtured as per the desires of the Catholic Church as guided by the life of Jesus Christ.

“As leaders and evangelizers in our educational institutions we need to be conscious of the fact that the children and youths are looking for a relationship with Jesus through the faith and witness that we modeled.”

“I appeal to you that the Catholic culture of your school remains your trademark under all circumstances and that faith and character formation of the entire school community remains the top agenda in your institutional planning and activities,” he added.

The four-day conference under the theme “Raising our voices-safeguarding all children, our responsibility,” will run from April 9 to 12 at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA).