By Naboth Isaac Niwagaba
Teenage girls whose education is on halt due to the closure of schools have been cautioned against yielding to sexual demands from older male counterparts which are one of the main causes of alarming teenage pregnancies in Kabale district, according to authorities.
The call was made on Wednesday by the Kabale district Senior Probation and Social welfare Officer Muhumuza Monicah during A-Teens Conference 13-19 years organized by women of purpose held at Kigezi high school at Rugarama hill in Kabale Municipality.
According to Muhumuza, from March last year to July this year, her office has registered a record 2628 cases of teenage pregnancy. Muhumuza attributes the overwhelming number of cases to the negligence of parents during the lockdown, which exposes the girl child to criminals.
Muhumuza said that there is a need for teens to learn how to exercise self-control in their bodies and learn to say “No” if they are to have a better future.
In her remarks, she called upon the Teenage to embrace discipline, obedience, morality, uniqueness, and fear of God in a move to prepare for the official reopening of schools next year.
Dr Anania Muhunde in his remarks expressed worry among the young children practicing abortion. He said that abortion is committing murderer which is a curse in front of God.
He told the young children to know their identity, integrity, and destiny.
Judith Atukunda, the chairperson of Women of Purpose ministries Kabale said that the teen’s Conference was aimed at equipping skills of being self-dependant, skills of being assertive, career guidance among others since they have been in the lockdown.
She added that for the first time of this conference 102 teens from different parts of Kabale district turned up. She further noted that they will continue organizing these conferences of empowering skills and knowledge to children.