The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), the umbrella body of tertiary students in partnership with the Ghana Education Service (GES) and Love the Child Foundation has rolled out an outreach programme to sensitize teenagers in the James Town area of Accra on the dangers of teenage pregnancy.
The outreach programme forms part of the student’s initiative to engage primary and Junior High School students in the area which has recorded high rate of teenage pregnancy and high teenage dropout at school.
Speaking as an inspirational person on the topic ‘Protecting the Girl Child from Teenage Pregnancy: Securing the Future of our Nation ’; Jocelyn Dumas, a radio host and Television personality told the teenagers particularly the young girls to stick to their books and achieve their desires in life before the boys.
According to her, James Town is one of the fishing communities in the Greater Accra region where teenage pregnancy is on the ascendency because of the outdooring and the flashy appearance of some men in the area.
She these men end up luring some of these teenage girls with all kinds of goodies like mobile phones in return have sex with them.
She claimed some of the girls are raped before they even get pregnant thereby jeopardizing the opportunity for them to continue with their education.
She said it is in view of this, that she has taken it upon herself to educate these teenage girls on the need to stick to their books and ignore the overtures from the boys and the goodies thrown at them by some of these irresponsible men in the society.
She told the teenagers who had gathered at the Thomas Freeman Methodist Church that the road to success in life was by focusing on their books and nothing else.
On his part; the president of the NUGS, Michael PaaQuecy-Adu said every leader begun as a child and there is the need for the child to be engaged at these early stages to be able set a goal for them.
He said by so doing the future is secured for them as well as that of the parent too.
He noted that the union intends engage of the parents in the community to enable them cultivate the habit parenting and giving directions to the children to grow up to be role models in the society.
Giving some statistics to back their decision to choose the community, Quecy-Adu said teenage pregnancy in the area is high among students between the ages of 13 to 15 years.
Dr. Elikem Kumahor, a general physician revealed that teenage mothers have four chances of dying at birth than adult mothers.
So it is important to talk to the girls to abstain from early sex to enable their reproductive organs to fully development.
He noted that when it comes to the reproductive system girls have a lot potential than boys hence the need to engage the girls to avoid early sex and wait till, their fully grown.