TEENAGE PREGNANCY EDUCATION IN KONONGO
The Ashanti regional secretariat of the Ghana YMCA in collaboration with Konongo YMCA organized teenage pregnancy education for the pupils of Konongo Catholic Basic “C” on November, 9th.
Topics covered ranged from changes that occur in children as they mature into teenage, causes of teenage pregnancy and its prevention. Stella Domson, one of the resource persons, led the presentation, which was lively and drew the attention of the pupils from start to the end. About 150 children attended who were pupils from primary 6 to JHS 3. In all in Ashanti region 692 students have been reached with the Teenage Pregnancy campaign so far. Thanks to the German Embassy for their generous support.
Welcoming the group from YMCA, Sula, the headmaster of the school said that such education had come at the right time since teenage pregnancy is a challenge in the school. He added, “one of the girls got pregnant during the previous academic year and had to write the B.E.C.E as an expectant mother”. Sula was full of praise to the team and asked for more of such programmes.
Gabriel Ofori Appiah, the Ashanti Regional Director of YMCA, said that t he programme forms part of the YMCA Ghana’s agenda to prevent our school children from getting pregnant. He advised them to concentrate on their studies so that they can become useful citizens and contribute positively to their communities.
One of the pupils, organizer of the Y-Club in the school, a victim of teenage pregnancy, could not hide her happiness as she incessantly asked questions just to elicit answers to the benefit of the other pupils. She regretted the incident but she confidently confided in me that she had been strengthened by the education and promised to educate the other girls by sharing her person experience.