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Form 4 CRE online lessons on the family
Traditional african and christian response to single-parent families as a family problem. (7m 35s)
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Traditional African and Christian response to single-parent families as a family problem:
-Single parent families are those families in which only the mother or father takes the responsibilities of bringing up children.
-Such families are brought about by divorce, separation, death or when children are born out of wedlock.
-Single-parenthood is unknown and unheard of in traditional African communities.
-It is the duty of each member of the community to get married and have children.
-Africans believe that it is only in a family where there is a mother and father that children can be brought up properly.
- Girls who get pregnant before marriage are considered a disgrace to their families.
-They end up marrying old men. In some communities, when one of the marriage partners die, he or she is not allowed to remain single. For example, if a husband dies his wife may be inherited by the brother of the deceased.
- If a wife dies, the husband may marry another wife to take care of him and the children.
-Christians appreciate that people become single-parents due to various circumstances. For example, some churches have started programmes for widows, widowers and single-parents in which they receive guidance and counselling, emotional and material support.
- The church condemns sex before marriage and encourages the
youth to abstain from pre-marital sex. People are encouraged to practice chastity, self-control and self-discipline. However, when children are born out of wedlock, Christians should accept them in love.