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SECRETARY-GENERAL


Commonwealth countries is to advocate for the strengthening of family life.


I believe that politicians, religious leaders, teachers, academics, and other people in positions of authority with a responsibility to society, should advocate, promote and strengthen family values to


live, respect, serve, and protect the elderly.


For example, I grew up in an African village, similar to many others in African society, where the young were called upon to respect and serve any older person they encountered in the community. The result appeared to be the


presence of peace and orderliness enjoyed by everybody. While I recognize the current waning of community values taking place, it is clear that the tearing down of traditional values and cultures for the purpose of ‘westernization’ would not benefit the elderly in developing countries in the long run.


It is on this basis that I hold a strong view that policymakers seeking to fully recognize the needs of the elderly may wish to start at the school level, whereby the curriculum would be filled with content that fully recognizes the importance of the elderly in society.


VIEW FROM THE


Commonwealth gallery


Presenting a gift to the Speaker of the Senate of Canada, Hon. Noel Kinsella, (right).


Pictured with a group of six clerks from Australia, Canada, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong.


Pictured with Hon. Jaffer Kassam, MP, (right) from the County Assembly of Kenya.


The Parliamentarian | 2013: Issue Three | 173


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