Zambia’s local government and housing minister, Emmanuel Chenda, believes there is a need for concerted family and community-based activities to supplement government efforts in combating early marriages, teenage pregnancies and gender-based violence (GBV).
Chenda is saddened by the increase in cases of early marriages, teenage pregnancies and GBV in that country.
He states that, “This calls for us all to scale up efforts towards fighting early marriages, teenage pregnancies, GBV, alcohol and drug abuse through community and family-based activities,” adding that, “The fight against teenage pregnancies and early marriages would help mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS.”
To read the article titled, “Govt bemoans rise in early marriages,” click here.Source:Times of Zambia
Save the Children has launched a three-year project geared at reducing teenage pregnancies in Ntcheu, Malawi, to complement government’s work in the promotion of girls' education in the country.
Speaking during the launch ceremony in Ntcheu, Save the Children programme manager, Frank Mwafulirwa, argued that incidences of teenage pregnancies contribute highly towards girl's school dropout rate in the country especially in primary schools.
Mwafulirwa stated that, "According to Demographic Health Survey of 2010, 28 percent of girls drop out school due pregnancies and less than 10 percent of such girls are re-admitted in the schools across the country."
To read the article titled, “Save the children intervenes in reducing teenage pregnancies in Ntcheu,” click here.Source:All Africa
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says the only one in three teenagers who fall pregnant continues her education after delivery, despite the South African Schools Act, which says that ‘girls who become pregnant should not be denied access to education.’
The UNFPA estimates that 51 000 South African schoolgirls gave birth in 2011 and the Department of Health reports that eight percent of the women who give birth in public hospitals and clinics are less than 18 years old.
University of KwaZulu-Natal’s researcher, Samantha Willan, argues that that falling pregnant has a devastating effect on a teenage girl's schooling. "Supporting teenage mothers to complete their education is the most powerful intervention we as society can make for both the teenage girl and her baby," she explains.
To read the article titled, “Teenage moms need support, not censure,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
The Gauteng Department of Social Development says that most teenagers in the province admit to preferring unsafe sex.
Social development MEC, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, who briefed the media on the department study, ‘Factors Associated with Teenage Pregnancy in Gauteng Province’, pointed out that teen pregnancies are a problem that could not be ignored.
Mayathula-Khoza, who is of the view that teenage pregnancy contributes the level of unemployment, also added that, “…girls who fall pregnant have a right to continue with school.”
To read the article titled, “Teens don't like condoms,” click here.Source:Times Live
The Swedish Association for Sex Education (RFSU) has termed teachers' difficulties and discomfort in teaching key sex education topics as a challenge that needs to be urgently addressed.
RFSU project manager, Dr Cuthbert Maendaenda, says that in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, many teachers have in most cases failed to overcome their personal motives towards issues in sex education, hence denying students understanding of some crucial aspects.
Maendaenda explains: “Some people think that we do not have sex education in our schools, the fact is that the education is there but students are not able to get full dosage as teachers have been skipping some information when teaching."
To read the article titled, “NGO makes case for sex education in schools,” click here.Source:All Africa
Children in sub-Saharan Africa are highly aware of the sexualised world they live in and are at dire risk falling pregnant or contracting HIV/AIDS or both as teenagers if they are treated as mere innocents.
According to a study by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and Cambridge University, children themselves say they want to discuss sex because they see evidence of it all around them in any case.
According to Statistics South Africa’s ‘General Household Survey 2010: Focus on Schooling’ report, more than 89 000 schoolgirls were already pregnant or fell pregnant between July 2009 and July 2010,
To read the article titled, “It's time we had a talk about sex, say SA schoolkids,” click here.Source:Mail & Guardian
Experts in education, children’s rights and HIV/AIDS say primary school pupils are far more willing to talk about the risks and role of sex in their communities than adults realised.
They believe that statistics such as the 24.4 percent pregnancy rate among girls in grades 8-11 shown by the 2008 South African National Youth at Risk Survey, are a reason for schools to tackle the issue.
Deputy head of the education faculty at the University of Cambridge, Dr Colleen McLaughlin, says that a ‘social dialogue’ is needed in order to inform teacher training and sex education curricula in schools.
To read the article titled, “Experts recommend schools provide sex education,” click here.Source:Business Day
The Gauteng Department of Education says that girls who fall pregnant at school have to be encouraged to return and finish their education.
Speaking at an education colloquium in Johannesburg, Barbara Creecy, pointed out that children who stay on course are more likely to be employed as adults, less likely to be caught up by crime and are healthier.
The meeting was attended by educationists, academics and a number of civic organisations to discuss ways to stop children from dropping out of school before they finish Matric.
To read the article titled, “Pregnant girls must come back to school – MEC,” click here.Source:Sowetan Live
NGOs have slammed Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, for awarding bursaries to teenage girls who did not fall pregnant while at school.
Molo Songololo director, Patric Solomons, has expressed concern about the awards because the responsibility is placed on teenage girls when the issues in their communities and homes are much larger.
Solomons points out that these 14 girls, who received bursaries worth R10 000 as part of the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Project, are confronted with a whole lot of social pressures.
In the same vein, Childline’s Wynberg area manager, Cheryl Morilly, says Zille’s bursaries do not address why teenage girls became pregnant.
To read the article titled, “Zille’s teen bursaries slammed – report,” click here.Source:Independent Online
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says pregnant girls aged between 15 and 19 account for 70 000 of the 500 000 deaths related to childbirth complications worldwide.
UNICEF executive director, Ann Veneman, points out that forced marriages are a contributing factor to girls’ vulnerability to early pregnant, contracting HIV and being sexually abused. She was speaking at the launch of the 2009 State of the World’s Children in Johannesburg.
Veneman says these factors also contribute to young girls dropping out of school. She emphasised the need for girls to be educated, as an educated woman is most likely to delay childbirth and seek better health care.
To read the article titled, “Teenage pregnancy is killing girls, says UNICEF,” click here.Source:Witness