Bubulo East legislator John Musila in partnership with Namisindwa District Local government authorities on Thursday launched a campaign to address teenage pregnancies, child marriages, defilement and promote positive parenting in the district.
Dubbed ‘Take Action Now; Protect the Girl, Save the Nation’, the campaign aims at eliminating teenage pregnancies from the region by engaging all stakeholders.
“This campaign will target every stakeholder in the District of Namisindwa including parents and guardians, political leaders, religious leaders, cultural leaders, community leaders, development partners, private sector, civil society organizations, academia, the media, young people, and the general public,” Musila said.
Adding: “Uganda has one of the youngest populations in the world and the situation is going to be worsened by the many teenagers getting pregnant nowadays.”
The launch which attracted over 700 teenage mothers took place at Magale Parents Academy in Namisindwa.
“I will fervently support all programmes in Namisindwa aimed at addressing teenage pregnancy and encouraging girls to stay in school to benefit from uninterrupted education despite their circumstances. I truly believe in the promise of hope that education is a tool to empower our girls,” Musila noted.
Speaking at the launch, Sophie Kuloba, the Namisindwa District Education Officer said that the Covid-19 lockdowns which led to school closures exposed teenage girls to various risks.
“The situation of teenage girls getting pregnant in Namisindwa district is terrible. Girls as young as 14 years are giving birth. It is a ‘babies having babies’ situation,” she said
ASP Nabunya Swagiya, the Namisindwa District Police Commander said, “I am serving the nation in this capacity as the District Police commander (DPC) because I finished school. Get your hands off girls of school-going age, let the girl children complete their school education.”
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