Busoga Kingdom is going to work with various NGOs and devise various interventions to support teenage mothers in Busoga sub-region.
This was revealed by Busoga Kingdom’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Owek. Joan Machora Kitto while breaking the ground for construction of a Community hall and health centre for Community Girl Child Empowerment Network (CGCEN), an NGO that supports teenage mothers, at Lubani village in Butagaya sub county in Jinja district.
Owek. Machora was accompanied by Busoga Kingdom’s Minister of Education Owek. Nasabu Nantale Otana, Busoga Kingdom’s Minister of State for Sports Owek. Daniel Musota and a guest from Kenya.
Owek. Machora said a lot of young girls were affected in various regions of the Country by the COVID19 lockdown and many got pregnant and turned into teenage mothers.
She said Busoga Kingdom is going to devise ways to work with NGOs like CGCEN to support in training teenage mothers in various vocational skills.
Owek. pointed out a number of issues that contributing to having a high rate of teenage mothers in Busoga after two lockdowns which include, poverty, peer pressure, poor parenting skills and lack of sex education among others.
She urged parents to get involved in the lives of their children by inculcating discipline to them, teach them cultural norms and values and share the principles and languages of love in their homes.
Owek. Nantale Nasabu urged parents to tell their children who include girls and boys the dangers of early sex and further requested parents to apply for bursaries from Busoga Kingdom so that they are enrolled into vocational institutions to learn skills in catering, carpentry, saloon and hairdressing and tailoring among others.
Owek. Musota urged parents to promote talent development among their children in various sports like Football, Netball and Athletics so that they can shine like the likes of Joshua Cheptegei, Dorcus Inzukuru and Halima Nakaayi.
Moses Byansi Isanga, the founder and Executive Director of CGCEN said the community centre complex will house a multipurpose hall, health centre, library, and training classrooms for both boys and girls.