The auxiliary bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, Bishop Jonas Benson Okoye, has emphasized the importance of sex education in the life of growing children.
He made the call recently at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Chaplaincy, Ukwulu, Dunukofia LGA of Anambra State during his pastoral visit and blessing of a Marian grotto built for the University Community by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Fidelis Okafor.
The bishop said that exposing students to sex education would help to curtain the rate of HIV and Aids, even as he charged students to live a life of purity, which he said, would help them to realize their potentials.
He also exhorted the students of Anambra State University, Igbariam Campus, to develop a close relationship with the Blessed Mother Mary in order to imbibe her virtues.
Using an illustration, Bishop Okoye told the story of a young lady in the university who lost her mirror and demanded another from her mother who sent three different mirrors to the said daughter in the university. On receiving the mirror, the student discovered that the three mirrors had different images. The first mirror as discovered by the student had a good image; the second had an image of an empty human skull; while the third had the statue of the Blessed Mary.
The mother, according to the bishop, then told her daughter that if she kept looking in the mirror, she would be like the empty skull.
Bishop Okoye therefore urged the students to look up to Mary as their role model and advised them to always look up to Mary for their earthy needs.
On the importance of education, the Catholic prelate who identified education as the most reliable tool for national building and individual realization, condemned the present attitude of students towards their studies and called on them to develop a more serious approach to their education.