YACAN Battles Teenage Pregnancy
The Youth and Child Advocacy Network (YACAN) has concluded a two day workshop on teenage pregnancy in Freetown on the theme ‘Say no to Negative Examples and Teenage Pregnancy’.
Director of YACAN Hassan Fuad Kanu said that the two days training workshop is aimed at enhancing the Girl Power Project (GPP) which engages young girls in one way or the other to shape their future. He noted that the training will ensure that they stay away from negative thinking and bad examples that is usually copied from peer groupings. The Director pointed that negative thinking and bad examples lead to problems such as Teenage Pregnancy, early child marriage, unwanted pregnancy, Abortion, Adolescent sex and reproduction and many others including, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Gender Base Violence, FGM etc.
Kanu disclosed that the training targeted over 90 participants drown from three communities include Dwarzark, Kanikay and Kissy Brook adding that trainees will serve as agents of change and partners in development.
He said that the project titled (GPP) have also trained pupils of various schools on the 30% quota for women’s representation in governance as they are working very hard to promote the issue of women representation.
Michael Van Swaray of Plan Sierra Leone is the Community Development Coordinator in charge of the Girl Power Project (GPP). He said that the training of the girl child seeks to overcome challenges faced in peer groups. Michael noted that the project will promote and enhance a child friendly atmosphere to be coordinated by YACAN and will also sensitize and advocate on the girl child empowerment, promote and improve their education and discourage them from negative examples.
A participant from Dwarzark community Catherine Blarke applauded the initiative and retorted that the workshop is timely and very important. She promised to take back what she had learnt from the training to other girls in her community.
Youth and Child Advocacy Network (YACAN) is a civil society based organization and a locally based, energetic and active advocacy Network that seeks to promote and invigorate advocacy facilitated by young folks to promote and protect the well being and development of young Sierra Leoneans.
By Mohamed Y. Yuray
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