Busoga leaders have decried high teenage pregnancy in Busoga Kingdom which is attributed to high school dropout especially of the girl child.
This was revealed by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga while addressing the media flanked by the Attorney General of Busoga Kingdom Robert Kafuko at Parliament.
The Speaker said that in a bid to reduce the prevalence, the Kingdom has organized the 2nd ‘Ekigangu kya Busoga’ for Adolescent girls aged 9 -17 years and boys aged 9-16 years scheduled for 9th -17th December 2017 at Emirates secondary school in Bugabula, Kamuli district.
Kadaga said that participants, who will have to pay Shs50, 000 each will be attracted from 10 districts of Busoga with a focus of empowering both girls and boys with basic survival skills to cope with the challenging world.
“We shall have a retreat for young boys and girls which will last one week; we shall train them on many issues on life skills,” Kadaga said.
“We are concerned about the dropout rate especially the girls and there is a high rate of teenage pregnancy in Busoga coupled with early marriages; there is also a concern that many parents have abandoned their responsibilities, we now want to start with a new generation, training them on their responsibilities.”
The retreat will as well sensitize children about the spread of HIV/Aids and emphasizing value for education.
The children participating in Ekigangu, she said, will be in position to know how best they can relate with others and be able to avoid relationships which put their lives at risk and knowing what to do when sexually abused.