By Rodgers Silimwe
Growth is one of the exciting thing when the land is fertile. Usually blossoming comes in when all the nutrients are available essential for it to take. From nature we learn that usually the first generation takes care of the second generation and the generation to come likewise. However, due to different life distortions, we find more of an African child especially the Zambian one being highly disadvantaged. A few things happen that makes it more of nightmare event than it is supposed to be. A few things we should note on ground and these as follows.
- Peer pressure supersedes reality – I’ve often seen a few of the Zambian children(especially from the low income families) busy in a competition of who should match their level in terms of outward adornment when in the actual sense there’s no capacity to fund their lifestyle. This I call burden brought forward. This in turn brings about high levels of crime and theft.
- A Zambian child is given responsibility of a parent even before he or she becomes one. There is a culture in Zambia of thinking every little achievement has to be milked to a level of no base creation. Please understand that my point here is not to discourage helping but it should be minimized to create a base. Sooner or later the same person who’s supplying what is supposed to build the base will have a family. This is on its own creates a vacuum of culturing poverty in our homes and have it passed from generation to generation. This is due to trend continuity.
- A Zambian child is not allowed to think independently – there is a tendency in parents to think they own their children’s mind. Usually this discourages open thinking. Often are times they would wish to bulldoze each and every decision that their child makes. This in turn create mere imposter whose mind is not put to use but instead it follows orders. This is passed to generations that follows.
- Zambian child’s career is chosen by parents for the sake of prestige. On average a lot of careers for a Zambian child are chosen by parents. This is based on the availability of funds and willingness to sponsor. This in turn breeds a group of people who don’t enjoy what they do but just follows because of money.
- Sponsorship rendered by parents serve as reminder each time you fail to offer help when asked by them. In most cases parents to a Zambian child have a notion that doing their parental duty requires compensation when one becomes independent. This on its own breeds a generation of poor people.
Now when you combine all these things, you will find in one way or another they lead into economic hardships that Zambia is facing. It all begins from families and then it goes to the state. If some amendments are made to these, certain things would be prevented.
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