The Acholi region is experiencing significant sexual and reproductive health challenges like teenage pregnancies, early marriages, HIV and gender-based violence, habits which, according to leaders, have increased greatly during the COVID-19 lockdown, when movements were restricted, while schools and places of worship remained closed.
She encouraged the survivors to overcome traditional beliefs and culture by embracing education and ensuring they complete school and become future leaders. Malango said there were opportunities for the survivors to make a turnaround and take charge of their own future by staying in school by attaining higher levels of education.
Abenakyo, who has crowned Miss World Africa at the Miss World Finale, in the southern tropical Chinese province of Hainan, last month, has embarked on an aggressive campaign to support girls who drop out of school as a result of pregnancies and child marriages.
Statistics from the District Health Office indicate that 4,400 girls aged between 13-20 years, became pregnant last year. This year alone, the district has recorded 225 cases of pregnancy among girls aged between 14 and 18.
Dan Byaruhanga, the head teacher of Kiteezi Junior School observes that any programme designed for learners must be appropriate to their age. Otherwise, he adds, its unsuitable content may end up creating more problems than achieving the required life skill or competence.
According to the Uganda Demographic Health Survey UDHS 2016 report, 25 percent of adolescents aged 15-19 in Uganda have begun childbearing while Uganda National Bureau of Statistics show that one in every four girls aged between 15 and 19 is currently pregnant or has been pregnant whereas globally, statistics indicate that 24 of teenage girls in Africa get pregnant before they are 19.
The campaign dubbed, national Campaign on Adolescent Girls, will be launched next week on the International Day of the Girl Child IDGC, a day designated for promoting the rights of girls and addressing the unique challenges they face.
The number of girls dropping out of school to marry continues to increase in Lyantonde district despite availability of a by-law to check the problem. In 2007, Lyantonde district passed a by-law to ensure all children go to school.