Teach us about sex, youth demand
SEE ALSO :Teenager detained for killing newbornAngela Atieno of YAC said: “Teen pregnancy aggravates development issues for Kenya as it is a major barrier to achieving progress in sexual and reproductive health in the country.” Statistics from UNFPA indicate that between June 2016 and July 2017, about 387,397 adolescent girls in Kenya aged between 10 and 19 got pregnant. The statement by the youth further read: “During the just concluded KCSE and KCPE 2018, we watched in shock the alarming news of over 14,000 teenage girls sitting their national exams while pregnant or immediately after delivery. 13,624 pregnancies were recorded among girls aged 10-19 in Kilifi County alone. This is simply unacceptable, we are letting our young people down.” The youth urged the government to listen to their views on how the problem can be solved. “These high rates of unplanned pregnancies can be reduced by equipping our children with age-appropriate and need-appropriate sexual and reproductive health education. Our adolescent girls, young sisters and daughters, need information to be able to make safe, healthy and informed sexual choices,” Brian Otieno of Alfajiri said. The group said evidence from UNESCO shows that human sexuality education programmes in 29 developing countries have positive outcomes.
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