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Special Pastoral Formation for Youths in Africa in the 21 st Century

The Nigerian Perspective- With extra Focus on the Socio-anthropological, Ethical, Theological, Psychological and Societal Problems of Today’s Youngsters

Joe-Barth Abba

This scientific research focuses on the Church and society on special youth formation coupled with the essence for the real workable, formidable and systematic orientations for the youth problems, human dignity and Pro-life phenomenon, and prospects in order to get well with their youthful exuberance as the future leaders of tomorrow. Today’s youth being in dire need of the active formation and training in the modern world is a great challenge not only to the Church itself but on the whole to be one of the top priorities of the government to prepare some concrete steps for the special care of youth development. The rational, mental or spiritual (soul and body) educational dimensions are more on the adaptability in course of their growth, and acceptance, to practice the Church teachings and being loyal to the State laws and regulations for the common good. The handling of the youth problems requires constant attention with immense interest and zeal on the part of the various families, trainers, counsellors and leaders entrusted with such typical social work to be able to understand them, to listen to them, and to direct and harness their potentialities and enterprising spirit.
Contents: The Etymological Meaning of Youth – Youths: Growth and Self-mastery – Youths in Modern Society – Youths and Family Up-bringing – Youths Formation as Onerous Task of the Church and Society – Youths in Modern Nigeria – Nigerian-African Youths in the Face of Christianity – Nigerian Youths Today – Obstacles to the Integral Formation of the Youths in Nigeria – Catechetical Training in the Pastoral Formation of Youths – Education for Communication and Prospects of Youths’ Success – Church and State as Partners in Youths Formation – Youths: Religious Belief and Practice of Faith – Youths: Coping with Unemployment and Life Crises – Co-ordination of Youths – Youths: Future Life and Challenges.