NANSO donates sanitary pads to schools
• By Staff Reporter
FOLLOWING reports of high teenage pregnancies, the Khomas Regional Executive Committee under the Namibia National Students Organisation (NANSO) has embarked on a project to donate care packages to teenage mothers as well as sanitary products starting with learners at Immanuel Shifidi Secondary School and at Mount View High School in Windhoek.
The donations were received by the Life Skills teachers on behalf of the learners of the two schools while a similar donation is expected to take place at other schools in the region this week in the effort to assist teenage girls.
NANSO regional secretary, Eugenia Jantjies stated that the high number of recently reported teenage pregnancies were alarming and that adolescent pregnancy and parenthood are associated with social, health and financial costs to teen parents, families and communities at large, therefore the delivery of comprehensive sexuality education to adolescents and the community should be enforced and implemented through social programmes that mainly target the youth who are mostly affected.
Upon handing over the donations, the regional leadership together with teachers further discussed mechanisms on how the increasing rate of teenage pregnancies can be reduced through intensive education on sexual abstinence, contraceptive techniques and the thorough understanding of the consequences of sexual activity.
“A teen birth can disrupt young peoples’ educational and career goals, affecting earning potential and future family finances,” she further stated.
“Factors such as parental income and the extent of a girl’s education largely contribute to the causes of why young girls fall pregnant. The schools can also do their part by providing the necessary information on preventing pregnancies and by encouraging teens to make informed, responsible choices when having sex,” said Jantjies.
Rikurora Karamata, the regional secretary for finance, said it is important for parents, schools and the community to work together collectively in order to curb the increasing number of teenage pregnancies in the region.
“The parents can strongly influence their children’s decisions by taking the time to be involved when the issue of sex arises,” said Karamata.