Strengthen sex ed­u­ca­tion to save young peo­ple

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - LETTERS -

Lack of ba­sic sex ed­u­ca­tion could be the cause of the high in­ci­dence of teenage preg­nan­cies, HIV in­fec­tions, gen­der-based vi­o­lence and fe­male cir­cum­ci­sion.

A story pub­lished in the

Healthy Na­tion seg­ment of the Daily Na­tion on Novem­ber 7 shows how ado­les­cent girls are strug­gling with moth­er­hood.

The story, Ill-equipped teenage girls grap­ple with moth­er­hood, should bring to the at­ten­tion of the Ed­u­ca­tion min­istry the ques­tion of whether the curriculum pre­pares stu­dents to han­dle the chal­lenges of pu­berty.

The re­al­ity is, teenage preg­nan­cies have been on the rise in Kenya since 2003.

Stake­hold­ers from the civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tion have ad­e­quately in­formed the gov­ern­ment on what mea­sures should be taken to curb teenage preg­nan­cies and other sex­ual and re­pro­duc­tive health chal­lenges fac­ing young peo­ple.

But their sd­vice has been ig­nored.

I call upon the gov­ern­ment to look at the Vi­sion 2030 road map. Will it be achieved if ado­les­cents to­day con­tinue to face the health chal­lenges they grap­ple with?

It is im­por­tant for the gov­ern­ment to in­vest in the health of young peo­ple, in­clud­ing their re­pro­duc­tive health and rights.

One of the ways it can achieve change is to in­tro­duce a pol­icy that makes it manda­tory for sex ed­u­ca­tion to be taught in schools.

ME­SHACK IAN ACHOLLA, Nairobi.

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