Global Civic Sharing (GCS), a South Korean development organisation has kicked off campaign against early pregnancies in Nyarubuka Sector, Kamonyi district.
Early pregnancies figures in Nyarubuka Sector indicate that 29 villages in the sector, 52 homeless families are teenage mothers while 68 children are stunted, according to Etienne Mugambira, Executive Secretary of Nyarubaka sector.
“After getting pregnant, teenage mothers are kicked out by parents. The district is now struggling to find accommodation for the victims,” Mugambira told KT Press.
Responding to early pregnancies rate in Nyarubaka, GCS invited over 400 delegates including parents, leaders and students in one-day campaign and training of trainers about dangers of early pregnancies last week.
Trainees are expected to go back and train their neighbors.
Delegates from 29 villages were trained and asked to take the message back home.
Trainings conducted by gender and family promotion officers from the district focused on prevention, reporting early pregnancy, perpetrators and avoiding teenage mothers.
The training kicked-off with a debate between parents and children.
Children accused parents of contributing to early pregnancies while parents defended that rather parents are becoming immoral.
Children further said that some parents neglect parenting and surrender to alcohol giving a bad example to their children.
Prosper Hakizimana a senior four student at Nyarubaka high school said “imagine both parents going for drinking without living food at home, what would a child do?”
Parents responded saying that children are becoming materialistic than the previous generations.
During the debate, Pierre Mbarushimana a parent of three said: “I might have potential of feeding my family twice or once a day but it is disgusting when children respond by sexual immorality.”
Seunghoon Woo – GCS Project Manager says: “Community is responsible of early pregnancies. It belongs to everyone to prevent early pregnancies. The solution is in your hands.”
“He advised parents to talk about the future, friends and future projects and how children should spend their free time.