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FAWEZA calls for increase in reproductive health education

PRISCILLA MWILA, Lusaka
THE Forum for African Women Educationists of Zambia (FAWEZA) has called on other stakeholders to enhance reproductive health education in schools to reduce teen pregnancies.
And FAWEZA has appealed to Government to coordinate the various ministries and improve policy sensitisation among traditional leaders and headteachers, especially in rural areas.
FAWEZA executive director Agness Mumba said in an interview recently that some sections of society, especially in rural areas, are unaware of some educational policies such as the re-entry policy, meaning no effort is made to ensure that girls that drop out of school are re-admitted.
“From our research, we have discovered that some headmen and teachers have heard about the re-entry policy but have no access to the education policy documents and have since handled situations involving teenage pregnancies casually,” she said.
Ms Mumba has since appealed to the Ministry of General Education to carry out orientation and refresher courses for new and old teachers, respectively.
She said there is need to strengthen coordination among the various sectors if Zambia is to curb teen pregnancies.
Ms Mumba said FAWEZA is training 136 district resource coordinators countrywide to enhance sensitisation on reproductive health in schools.
She said young people need to have access to information on reproductive health for them to make informed decisions.
Ms Mumba, however, noted that the information is not meant to encourage young people to indulge in illicit behaviour but for them to distinguish between right and wrong.

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