Peer to Peer Uganda, a youth led advocacy initiative advancing the knowledge gap among the youth in Uganda on sexual and reproductive health rights last week held its first annual Mentorship camp at Trinity Academy School Bwebajja.
The camp had a cross section of young female participants from around the country who got mentored and inspired to fight for their space in the community.
‘Young girls are likely to face a range of health challenges and this is worsened by lack of adequate knowledge and skills to protect themselves resulting into unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections’ said, Moses Bwire, the team leader Peer to Peer Uganda.
Adding that such pre-exposition has led to many young girls being exposed to HIV/AIDS which can otherwise be controlled if they youth where empowered with the right skills.
According to Bwire, the about said population are the most at risk because its at this age that most of them are moving towards adulthood and sexually active and less concerned about the repercussion of their action.
Indeed his remarks comes as a gesture to the them of the camp of ‘Step Up’ where the youth need to be given all the right information they need to make conscious and informed decision before they fall prey to hideous sexual encounters that will put their entire life on stake.
During the session participants got a chance to interact with facilitators from different walks of life who shared their personal stories.
‘I have learned a lot from this session and understood well the danger of peer pressure on my life so i need to be more careful from now on’said a participant who preferred anonymity.
The provision of practical reproductive health rights information comes at a time when many are opting for suicide, violence as means to find true meaning of happiness besides young girls dying of early pregnancy related complications and other related illnesses can actually be controlled or stopped.
With the worsening level of poverty and unemployment, many youth are being used as pawns to incite violence or engage in events for the sake of earning a living.
Back to sexual reproductive health rights! the lack of a comprehensive sexuality education model in school has left more girls proned to vices than before.
The current curriculum being fought by politicians, Religious leaders is deemed a threat to the country. As such young girls do not know how to handle their sexual relationships as well as protect their interest.
Thus to inspire more youth into action, the organisation posed a challenge for participants to pitch business ideas in regards to the camp with a cash prize of 500,000/= where Tukahirwa Maurine emerged as a winner.