Opinions are divided over how to deal with teenage pregnancy, with academics calling for a comprehensive approach and traditionalists blaming governments for the pandemic.
The KZN Parent’s Association says there is no “quick fix” to the problem.
Association president Vee Gani said that in the digital age, children are exposed to all kinds of information and are sexually active from an early age.
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Ghani said he doesn’t condone teenage pregnancies, but it requires parents to sit down with their children and talk about sex.
People bury their heads in the sand and that’s a big problem. Cultural dynamics and the environment in which the children were born played a role in pictures in which children in the black community seemed to be portrayed as those most vulnerable to problems. It should always be done with children both boys and girls.
“Stop blaming girls”
Deevia Bhana, a professor at UKZN’s Educational Psychology Unit, said girls can no longer be blamed for perpetuating the risk of premature birth.
Stop blaming girls. Ensure that both boys and girls receive comprehensive sexuality education as part of age-appropriate educational development for the transition of children and young people into adulthood, rather than solely relying on risky sexual practices. Explains children’s and young people’s interest in sex in an easy-to-understand manner. This requires parents, communities, schools, religious and cultural groups to abandon the idea that children are ignorant or uninterested in sexuality.
She said we need to know more about age of consent and questioning about age differences between mothers and fathers to see if there are any cases of statutory rape.
For too long, we’ve relied on outdated ideas about how to prevent premature birth, but how sexual relationships are based on power, especially that of men who are often denied the right of girls to say no. In the context of poverty, transactional sexual relationships remain problematic. [placing] A girl in danger. A more comprehensive approach to this problem needs to recognize the complexity of the problem and work to untangle them. This helps protect the rights of children and young people and reduces sexual risk for girls.
‘Government is responsible’
Cultural activist Dr. Nomagugu Ngobese, founder of the Nomkhubulwane Culture and Youth Development Organization, said the problem was not with the girls, but with the government. This organization promotes, among other things, virginity testing and moral regeneration.
“To make clear that the purpose of this government is to destroy the future of our children, the government has introduced the Imari Yekoro (child support subsidy), which encourages pregnancy. can be considered.”
This government is fighting an indigenous knowledge system that has worked really well for us indigenous peoples. This same government went further and introduced condoms in our schools. Our children leave home to go to school, but when they arrive at school, they throw away the discipline instilled in them by their parents and are introduced to condoms and sex education.
She said introducing a sex education curriculum to fourth grade students is another challenge for parents.
Why do grade 4 students need sex education? This was another way to normalize this abomination, but sadly it seems that only black children get pregnant in school and outside. ”
She said the problems started when children were given more rights and parents took away the right to discipline them. There are experts who
Earlier last year, Stats SA revealed that more than 83,000 children were born nationwide during the 2019/20 fiscal year. KZN has registered her 18,550 births by children aged 10 to her 17.
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When welcoming babies into the New Year last week, Prime Minister Nomsa Duvencube expressed her concern about the continuing trend of young girls getting pregnant before the age of 18.
“Worryingly, the state’s youngest mother is a 15-year-old girl who gave birth to a baby girl at Port Shepstone Hospital. We are very saddened by the fact that it has been ruined, and we encourage all young people to abstain from sex or use condoms,” she said at the time.