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By Josia Shigwedha

The Minister of Gender Equality, poverty Education and Social Welfare Doreen Sioka has expressed concern over the more than 9000 pregnancies among school girls under the age of 19 in Ohangwena region.

She described the statistics as alarming and stated the issue requires immediate action. In her speech read on behalf by Khomasdal constituency councillor Samuel Angolo, stated that this is unacceptable for many school girls’ future to be compromised by early pregnancies. These remarks were made during the commemoration of the African Child today at SOS children village in Windhoek.

African Child Day is commemorated on 16th June every year, falling on a Sunday this year. Angolo stated that this day serves to raise awareness about the challenges faced by African children and advocates for improved access to education, healthcare, and protection from violence and exploitation.

“Therefore, it is binding upon all of us, the government, parents, communities and educational leaders, to join forces and address this challenges head-on. We prioritise raising awareness about the risks associated with teenage pregnancy and provide support to vulnerable young people”

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