Youth Personality Development and the Ultimate Character
Mpaata, Kaziba Abdul
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The paper examines how youth personality development is responsible for the ultimate character of students and their behavior in the field even after graduation. Youth personality at higher education level at present is engulfed with many challenges than ever before. Not only do most of them have the “don’t care” attitude as part of their behavior but also continue to have less and less interest and opportunity to discover what is true and is expected of them by their religion so as to refine and build their character into responsible and God-fearing citizens. They continue to pursue the world with all sorts of anti-social behavioral characteristics that portray impatience, intolerance, and irresponsibility to society and their workplaces. The paper therefore sets the pace in identifying the neglected role of educators and attempts to analyze the qualities that are required and expected of not only the parents but school and university educators in building the community, mining the curriculum, and above else how to involve staff, administrators, parents and students themselves as stakeholder. It recommends some strategies that are pertinent and key to character building. The paper also provides a way forward how to teach and how academic institutions can reclaim their neglected role and effectively nurture the youths. It concludes with an observation that while most talents are to some extent a gift that students can demonstrate after class, good character by contrast is not given on a silver plate. Educators have to build it piece by piece through thought, choice, courage and determination.
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