AJ Foundation to hold ‘adolescent reproductive health’ debate competition

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The Asmaa James Foundation will host its first ever inter secondary school debate competition to increase awareness about adolescent reproductive health issues.

Students from St. Joseph Secondary School, Evelyn’s Royal Academy Senior Secondary School, Freetown Secondary School for girls and Vine Memorial Secondary School will debate on the topic; “Should contraceptives be made available to children’s under the age of 18.”
The debate will take place on the 14th June 2019, at the AYV TV Wesley Street Freetown at 4:00 pm.
A government policy states that Family Planning (FP) information and distribution of FP commodities in schools is not allowed, likewise children under 18 should not have access to contraceptives except with parental consent.
Radio broadcast journalist, Asmaa James said there is need now for sex education for Sierra Leone’s teenagers.
” Looking at the very high cases of teen pregnancy and knowing that up to 40% of maternal mortality cases are teens we have to get serious and take sex education to the schools,” said Mrs James.

“This will help our children understand sex and empower them to make healthy choices. The more they know about healthy sexual behaviors, contraceptive use including the more responsible choices they’ll make.”