President David Granger on Mother’s Day cautioned against early pregnancy.
At the time, he was handing over a $100,000 donation to the St John the Baptist Anglican Church in Bartica on behalf of the Ministry of the Presidency, to be used as ‘seed money’ for bursary awards for children who are successful at the recently sat National Grade Six Examination.
According to a press release from the Ministry of the Presidency, this donation was handed over to Canon Alfred David who along with the members of the rectory of the church will determine the criteria for distribution.
President Granger said that once arrangements are in place, further financial support will be provided for an on-going bursary programme. He said that even as mothers are celebrated, it is important that the future of the next generation is secured, the release stated.
“Motherhood is one of the most important aspect of our society and it is something that deserves respect… It is an institution that we must preserve at all costs, because if motherhood is damaged in any way, that damage will be visible in our children for generations to come,” he said. He however cautioned against early pregnancy. “The church must play a part in ensuring that young men allow the young women to complete their education before forcing them into premature motherhood. I’ve been in the hospital; I’ve been in the maternity wards and I have seen some young mothers from the hinterland. Their bodies are not ready for childbearing,” he said.
The release also stated that, in addition, the President used the opportunity to call on St John the Baptist to take the lead in the promotion of renewable energy generation. He said that within a year’s time, he would like to see the church building being powered by some form of renewable energy.