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Thursday, 04 October 2018
Young people use their homes in some cases to have their first sexual encounter, the Social Development Youth Camp currently underway in Port St Johns, Eastern Cape heard today, 04 October 2018. The Department of Social Development has gathered 140 young people at the Pholela Lodge to educate them about their reproductive health and rights.

One of the topics discussed was teenage pregnancy. The Department of Social Development is on a quest to find solutions and design programs that can assist young people to make sound decisions about their reproductive health and rights. Statistics revealed by the Department of Basic Education showed that children in grade four were falling pregnant.

The Department of Social Development is the custodian of the Children’s Act and drafted the National Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Framework Strategy and was approved by Cabinet in April 2015.

The youth camp aims to promote dialogue between young people and Government to find solutions on how, amongst other things, the country can deal with the escalating number of teenage pregnancy.

Statistics collected by the Department of Social Development reveal that 12.6% of sexual debut happen at girls’ homes, 46.6% at the boys’ homes and 40.8% – meant either in the bush, school, friend’s home, relative’s home or in a motel.

Shocking data revealed that 25.2% of the first sexual encounter among teenage mothers was incestuous.

The research conducted by the Eastern Cape Department of Social Development’s Population Unit, children started engaging in sexual activity as early as 12 years. The study also found that teenagers fall pregnant at the age of 15, with 87.4% of pregnancies being unwanted. The psychological factors that contribute to teenagers engaging in sexual activities at a young age include:

• Peer pressure

• Low self esteem

• Substance abuse

• Family stress

The study, which involved speaking to young people, found that the youth is asking that Government should have more activities such as outreach programmes, sex education in the language they understand and peer education in schools.

The youth asked for the involvement of parents more in sex education campaigns so that there could be a better understanding between parents and their children.


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