An Adolescent and youth advocacy group, Curious Minds, with sponsorship from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has commenced a two-week training programme for youth volunteers in the bid to educate the youth on teenage pregnancy and HIV.
The training which is dubbed “Our rights, Our lives, Our future” presented 30 youth volunteers from across the Central and Upper East regions, specifically, Talensi-Nabdam and the Asikuma Odoben Brakwa districts, being educated on the importance of adolescent reproductive health.
The programme aims at curbing the increasing number of teenage pregnancies, prevent HIV-Aids amongst the youth, stop gender-based violence and child marriages before the close of the year 2020.
The training focused on youth volunteers from the two regions, Tulensi-Nabdam and Asikuma Odoben Brakwa since they were hotspots for recording very high teenage pregnancy rates.
Chapter Clubs Officer at Curious Minds who doubles as the project lead for the training session, Mr Edmund Agbeve, noted that young people were pivotal in the fight against teenage pregnancy and HIV hence the need to hold the training session.
“The aim is to get them to understand the issues because we believe that young people form a critical component of resolving the issues of teenage pregnancy,” he said.
He also stated that the Central Region was their focus for now due to the rising number of teenage pregnancy cases, particularly in the Asikuma Odoben Brakwa District which had become alarming.
“We are starting from the Central region engaging young people from Asikuma Odoben Brakwa to become advocates within their own communities. It has become important for us to engage these young people to halt and reverse the incidents of teenage pregnancy and STIs in the district” Mr Agbeve indicated.
One of the youth participants of the training session, Comfort Dadzie expressed how beneficial the workshop has been and how it will aid her to manage her menstrual cycle.
“I have benefited greatly from this training workshop. I have learnt how to properly take care of myself before, during and after menstruation. I have also learnt how to provide support and a listening ear to my peers as well as appropriately refer them to health facilities for comprehensive health care and professional counselling”.
However, the training session is being held in the Upper East Region and is expected to end later this week.