The government will send one hundred teachers to Japan for a one-month course for trainers of trainers on mind education to enable them counsel young people under their care on generational challenges that come with the new era of information and communication.
President Museveni revealed this during his meeting with Rev. Ock Soo Park, the founder of Good News Mission and International Youth fellowship who paid a courtesy call on him at his residency at the InterContinental Yokohama Grand Hotel in Japan. The President is in Yokohama on a three-day official visit to attend the TICAD 7 Conference hosted by the Japanese government.
The President hopes the training will help teachers to support the growing youth population to change their mindset and focus on the realities of life and depend less on the virtual information and lifestyles that have led to depression and in some cases death.
Rev. Pastor Ock Soo Park said today’s’ youth don’t think on their own but rely more on the internet and social media. This, he said, has led to increased suicides among youth, drugs, gambling, etc.
“Our youth live without thinking. They are drinking, doing drugs, gambling and becoming more daring and dying young. By the age of 15-16, they are not scared of anything and they even kill people without fearing repercussions. They clash with authority and many die. They will just jump in anything. We need mind education to be able to help them refocus on the realities of humanity,’ he said.
Pastor Park is widely acknowledged as a front-runner of church and religious reformation of the 21st century. He is also serving as a youth educator and counselor who works with young people all over the world through various programs to give them a new heart and mindset.