Community Sensitization on Teenage Pregnancy

Department of Social Welfare and Community Development organised a community durbar on Teenage pregnancy.

Teenage pregnancy has been on high rate in the Tano South Municipality of young girls of school going age (Senior High School and Junior High School) due to lack of parental control and proper supervision of their children. Due to the above issue, the Department organized a meeting and sensitization programme to educate three (3) communities ( New Brosankro, Old Brosankro and Onwe-Nkwanta) on the effects of teenage pregnancy on the children and the community at large, and how best it can be reduce in the municipality.

The department sensitized parents and community members using the child protection tool kits aimed at reducing the incidence of teenage pregnancy in the Municipality. The office educated the community members on the need to take care of their children and not to allow the children to care for themselves due to economic issues confronting some parent. Most parent have shifted their responsibilities to some of their children especially the girl child with the excuses of facing some economic hardship. This entices the girl child into early sexual relationship in other to provide for themselves.

Peer pressure influence also plays a major role in the rampant rate of teenage pregnancy in the municipality as some teenagers tend to look up to their colleagues for advise more than their parents or elders in the community since some parents do not have cordial relationship with their children.

Also community members were educated on child marriage, parents should not force their children into early marriage as some parent see it as a strategy for shifting their parental responsibilities to others as a results of economic hardships.

Again, community members were educated on the need to teach their children on sexual education and reproductive health to enlighten their children on the changes they will experience in their reproductive stages.

 


Students attentively listening to officers