First Lady warns learners against AIDS and teenage pregnancies

11 Feb 2015 14:50pm
OMBALA yaMUMBWENGE, 11 FEB (NAMPA) – First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba has warned learners of the Penehupifo Combined School (CS) against HIV/AIDS and teenage pregnancies.
The Penehupifo CS is situated in the Ohangwena Region’s Omulonga Constituency, and has 415 learners from pre-primary to Grade 10.
The outgoing Namibian First Lady said during her visit to that school on Tuesday that AIDS a killer disease, which is alive in the Namibian community.
Pohamba told the school’s community that millions of people have died of the disease, and learners must not be part of those statistics.
She stated that teenage pregnancies have become another serious problem in Namibia, while it has resulted in high population growth in many countries.
“In Namibia that was never a problem and that is why we are still at 2.1 million people,” the First Lady said.
She went on to say that in some countries girls of 14 years are forced into early marriages and become mothers of six children by the time they reach 25 years.
“This is very sad and we should work hard to keep our children in school until they finish college,” Pohamba narrated.
According to her, the lack of proper education as a result of dropping out of school due to pregnancy leaves girls out of the mainstream economy.
She appealed to girls to refrain from relationships with boys, and to remain fully concentrated on their studies if they are to avoid becoming mothers before finishing their schooling.
“Don’t be fooled by the boys who are pretending to love you; and abstain from sex while at school,” Pohamba urged.
She wants to see girls become mothers at the right time, which is after the completion of their studies, when they are income earners and matured to look after their babies.
The Penehupifo CS was renamed from the Mumbwenge Primary School in 2007.
It is one of the schools in northern Namibia which experienced fainting children, which was commonly referred to as demonic spirit attacks.