Teenage pregnancies a national crisis: SPPM

22 Aug 2014 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 22 AUG (NAMPA) - The first congress of the Swapo-Party Pioneers' Movement (SPPM) resolved to fight the ever-increasing rate of teenage pregnancies in Namibia.
The congress, which was held at Okalongo in the Omusati Region from 14 to 17 August 2014, declared the high rate of teenage pregnancies a national crisis that requires serious intervention by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, as well as other stakeholders involved in the country's education sector.
This was said by Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) spokesperson Job Amupanda when he announced the resolutions taken at the congress during a media conference held at his party’s headquarters in Windhoek on Thursday.
The congress also resolved to adopt and implement the revival of the hosting of children’s summer camps.
“The congress resolved to adopt and continuously work towards fulfilling the pillars of SPPM which are academic excellence, political vigilance and child activism. It further resolved to ensure active participation in pioneer activities, as well as the 12 May Movement and celebrations of the Day of the African Child on 16 June,” said Amupanda.
He noted that the congress also condemned the use of alcohol and drug abuse amongst children in the country and encouraged Government to remain committed to the goals of poverty eradication, improved health care facilities and restoring the dignity of every Namibian child by making it a priority to cater to the housing needs of their families.
The congress further called upon Government to strive towards eliminating the problem of youth unemployment in the country.
“The congress resolved to embody the principles of SPPM in upholding the legacy of our forefathers and applauds the Swapo-Party government on the introduction of free primary education and encourages to look into the introduction of free secondary and tertiary education,” Amupanda stated.
The movement additionally called on Government to look into establishing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centres in all Namibian schools.
The Swapo-Party Pioneers' Movement forms part of the SPYL and teaches children between the ages of six and 17 about the party’s policies and ideology.