Upper West Youth Parliament has embarked on community sensitization exercise in the Wa West District of the Upper West Region on Covid-19, youth participation in decision making and teenage pregnancy as well as Child marriage. Thursday May 14, 2020 exercise was done in Nyoli and Tanina with support from Plan International (Ghana).
District Development Coordinator for Plan International, Upper West Programmes unit, Iddriss Yazeed Kamaldeen, says sensitisation was very necessary because of the increasing numbers of teenage pregnancy and child marriage in the District including the deadly novel coronavirus that has engulfed the whole world.
Kamaldeen indicated that, they are targeting to reach about 300 to 400 people directly in the Wa West District adding that, Plan International Ghana is not only supporting Upper West Youth Parliament but other youth groups to do similar education across the Region. These he said include Network for Young Women Empowerment (NYWE ) and Youth Advisory Board.
Meanwhile, Assembly Member of Nyoli electoral area, Bayou Joeseph said community leaders will carry the message to the rest of the community so that they can appreciate the importance of the topics were discussed on teenage pregnancy, child marriage and COVID-19.
He blames modern technology and the unwillingness of the youth to listen to advice, outlining them as some of the causes of the rise in teenage pregnancy and child marriages.
On her part, Women leader, Juliana Kondia revealed that the community enacted its bye-laws that were been enforced in the Nyoli community to curb teenage pregnancy and child marriages but are now relaxed stressing that, the sensitisation exercise was a wake up for them to see to the fullest enforcement of the community bye-laws.