By Chinonso Alozie, Owerri
Cases of children being forced to take up careers against their talents abound in rural areas.
As a result of this development, parents and guardians in Imo State have been cautioned against foisting on their children especially the girls, a career which does not bring out the best in them.
Giving some of the reasons behind what was tagged ‘abuse of right to choice of career of a girl-child,’ a non-governmental organisation, NGO, Virgin Heart Foundation, said parents and guardians should take larger part of the blame.
The founder of the NGO, Peace Dike, during a career development seminar at Ihiagwa Secondary School in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, told South-East Voice that the aim of the seminar was to change the perception while allowing the parents guide their children properly.
To correct the trend, she said villages have become the target to start correcting the disservice done to children more especially the girl-child.
In most cases, she said the girl-child is forced into marriage unprepared due to lack of freedom to make choice.
She added that parents or guardians being the sponsors of their children’s education, have forgotten that a girl-child also has a right to choose a career, adding that the girl- child deserves better treatment that would encourage her potentials.
Dike noted that parents would want the best from their children but advised that they should also allow the children pursue careers that drive their passion.
She was worried that self-centered parents and guardians are obsessed with choosing career for their children with the reason that it would yield more money for their children by the time they graduate from school.
“We blame the parents for not diligently observing their children to find out those areas of human endeavour they are passionate about and to encourage them to develop their potentials, but would rather force their will on their children.
“Parents have a serious role to play in guiding their children to choose their careers, which is of course the deciding moment in their lives because once you choose the wrong career, you will feel like you are living the life of another person and you won’t find fulfillment,” Dike said.
“You must learn to set goals for yourselves, dream up what you want to become and pursue it with determination, don’t be distracted by the challenges you encounter, nothing great ever comes easy or without a price tag,” she told the female students,
“Most young people make poor choices as a result of the influence of parents on their choice of career, the decisions they make in their early life, what school to go to and the subjects to study.
“The decision to go to university, the courses to choose can impact their career path. If this decision is heavily swayed by parental preference, the child may end up following a vocation that, deep down, she is not interested in.”
Speaking also, the Principal of Ihiagwa Secondary School, Margaret Udeze, commended the Virgin Heart Foundation, for choosing the school for their training.
“I want to say thank you for exposing and training our students in acquiring the capacity to determine their future. What you have done would impact the lives of these children positively now and in the future,” she said.