AAPRI Host Family Conference

Organizers 'pleased' with large turnout.

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Prof. Mark Morgan pictured at the family conference with a Loreto Sisters and two MMM Sisters.

The Association of African Priests and Religious in Ireland (AAPRI), in partnership with the Marino Institute of Education, hosted a conference on the challenges faced by families in the contemporary world on 10 February, 2018.

The theme of 'family' was in evidence during the opening cermony for the event, according to Sr Janet Nutakor, OLA who was present for the conference.

"The opening ceremony featured a special procession during which fifty four flags representing the 54 nations of Africa were carried forward. It symbolised the coming together of different African nations as a family."



Sr Janet also shared some of the main learnings from the event.

"One argument made was that if you do not bring up your child, the world will do it for you. Personal parenting skills are required in modern society.

"The conference also heard how Catholic youth report that Christian values and prayer have helped  them overcome the pressures and challenges of youth.

"A further point which seemed to resonate with many was that the experience children have in the home is possibly just as critical as family structure."

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Pictured in the front row during the family conference are Richard Nzerem (foreground) and Prof. Mark Morgan.


Two specific topics were explored on the day: ‘Living out family values from an African perspective with particular emphasis on specific challenges facing African families in Ireland’ and 'Christian parenting in a secular society'.

Guest speakers included Professor Mark Morgan and Richard Nzerem.

Professor Morgan is currently the Co-director of the ‘Growing up in Ireland’ longitudinal study on children.

Mr Nzerem presently serves as Legal Consultant at the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbital Tribunal in London, having previously held lecturing positions at two UK universities while also serving as State Atorney for the Government of Zambia.

The conference was moderated by Dr Philip Owende of the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Visiting Senior Lecturer at the UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering.