Parents in Uganda are blaming the government for the increasing number of teenage pregnancies.

Uganda has an escalating number of teenage pregnancies in all regions of the country. It is two years since the closure of schools in the country to reduce the spread of Covid 19. The covid 19 pandemic has also affected livelihoods, jobs, and businesses. 

According to the minister of education, the increasing teenage pregnancy is due to bad parenting. 

Do you think teenage pregnancy is due to bad parenting?

Well, there are many causes of teenage and bad parenting is one of them.  

According to the minister of education, the increasing teenage pregnancy is due to bad parenting. 

Do you think teenage pregnancy is due to bad parenting?

Well, there are many causes of teenage and poor parenting is one of them.

Are parents taking the initiative to talk to their children about sex? Are you listening to your teenage child? Are you watching the kind of friends that she has? Failure to discuss these important topics with your teenage girl is a sign of bad parenting. Let your teenage girl be knowledgeable about sex and tricks men use to advantage of her.

“I hate blaming poverty for every bad thing that happens to us however, covid-19 has emptied the pockets of parents. Two lockdowns have broken people’s business, jobs leaving them with little to eat.” Says children’s advocate. Poor people have nothing to feed their children, provide with girls needs like sanitary towels and soap. That is how men are taking advantage of girls by offering them small gifts and money.

Schools play a significate role in reducing teenage pregnancy. Children spend most of their time at school occupied with school work with no gap for relationships. Schools have initiatives that empower girl children and keep them in school. Educative clubs like straight-talk, give girls and boys education and training about delaying sex. These clubs keep both girls and boys informed on the dangers of early sex hence prevent early pregnancy. 

However, with the closure of schools due to covid 19, none of these activities is going on. Teenage girls from rural areas are left home to do domestic work while a few from urban areas study online. That is why parents strongly believe the government is to be blamed for the increasing number of teenage pregnancies. 

Here are some of the things that parents can do to prevent teenage pregnancy during the covid 19 pandemic. 

  • Parents should develop a strong connection with their children to know what is going on in their lives to correct their mistakes quickly. 
  • Do not fear to speak to your child about sex.
  • Start mum’s help groups and talk to your children once in a while. It takes a village to raise a child, be the village.
  • Give children the necessary basic needs for girls like sanitary towels and soap. 

In conclusion, Teenage pregnancy does not only affect the parents but the nation at large. It affects their education and growing children. There will be a vicious cycle of poverty in the country if unsolved. Parents, government and civil society organizations need to join efforts to prevent the escalating number of teenage pregnancies in Uganda.

Published by Motherly heart

My name is Mary Ajambo, and I am a blogger at motherly heart. I am a mother. I love writing. I am here to make parenting an Interesting adventure for both mums and dads.

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