. . Holds Seminar on Family Values
By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
Worried by the rate at which some parents neglect their duties, the Awka Chapter I of Excellent Ladies of Valour and Steel (ELOVAS) Foundation International, has tasked parents and guardians to live up to their caring and formative responsibilities towards their children and wards.
The Foundation gave the charge at her 2019 Seminar on Family Values, held at Georgia Villa Hotels, Amawbia, Awka South L.G.A, Anambra State, on Sunday, August 25, 2019, with the theme: Compassion and Responsibilities in the Family.
In her remarks, the Seminar Planning Committee, Lady Christiana Ugonwa, described Family values as those traditional or cultural values that sustain the family structure. She noted that the values could be beliefs, attitudes, ideals, and even roles of the family members.
Presenting her seminar paper on “Compassion as a Family Value”, Lady Chizoba Anaekwe, noted that compassion which is love, was very important in every family. According to her, love leads to peace which sustains the family.
Lady Anaekwe stressed the need for parents to imbibe the spirit of compassion, inculcate same into their children, and teach them how to relate compassionately with others.
Pointing out that God is love and everything works well in the world for love, Lady Anaekwe enjoined all parents to love their children equally and have relationship with their children.
She observed that parents, who had close relationship with their children and wards, would easily decipher when the children err, and with love, give them the expected correction. She emphasised the need for every ELOVAS member to, at all times, radiate love and compassion, in line with the vision and objectives of the Foundation.
According to Lady Anaekwe, who is a staff of Nnamdi Azikwe University (NAU), Awka, ‘Compassion goes with humility and giving. When one gives love, he/she receives the same, and when one gives hatred, he receives the same’. She charged all to be compassionate towards one another, especially, the less priviledged in society.
Another speaker, Lady Ndidiamaka Onochie-Uwaezuoke, on the topic, “Responsibilities of Parents to their Children”, noted that the need to instil responsibility into the children, was the responsibility of every parent.
She noted that parents, who were the first teachers and role models of their children, had great responsibilities towards them. Lady Onochie-Uwaezuoke charged parents to ensure they instil discipline into their children as well as give them proper upbringing.
‘Norms such as, that every 6.00 am each member of the family wakes up for morning prayer, at 9.00 pm, the family says her night prayer and all duties in the house are for every member of the family, irrespective of sex, are rules which parents set up in the families, for proper upbringing of the children’, she stated.
Lady Onochie-Uwaezuoke, who is a staff of the Nigeria Immigration Services, maintained that parents had the responsibility to give the same attention and upbringing they gave to their own children to their house-helps also.
She advised those that wouldn’t take good care of house-helps, not to have one, saying that any ill they did to the house-help would amount to endangering their own children.
On her part, the Founder/ President, ELOVAS Foundation International, Queen Lady Ngozi Ekwunife, noted the seminar was part of the annual activities of the Foundation aimed at proper training and re-training of her members. The president observed that the seminar on family values was necessary so as to equip the members, who are mothers and would-be mothers, with the needed knowledge to build model peaceful and stable families that would give rise to responsible individuals.
Ekwunife commended the Planning Committee and the speakers for the justice they did to the seminar.
Highlights of the seminar and monthly meeting of the group was birthday celebration for the August-born members.
ELOVAS Foundation, Awka Zone I, brought to three, the number of chapters that had carried out the Seminar of Family Values. The seminar is one of the 2019 Programmes of the ELOVAS Foundation International, a Non-Governmental Organisation that had chapters across the globe.