By Philip T Singbah,
GBARNGA, LINA—The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has expressed concern about the high rate of teenage pregnancy in Liberia.
UNFPA Country Representative Dr. Oluremi Sogunro says teenage pregnancy has become prevalent in the country over the past few years, especially among school-age children.
In remarks at the eighth graduation ceremony of the UNFPA Fistula Program for 20 Fistula survivors in Suakoko, Bong County recently, Dr. Sogunro said the issue of teenage pregnancy must be given attention by relevant authorities because it damages the future of young Liberian girls.
He noted that the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs) place high emphasis on child education, and hence a robust effort is needed to retain girls in school, stressing, “Sending girl children to school is not the only solution. What matters most is the quality of education they receive.”
According to him, quality education will curtail teenage pregnancy among young children, adding, “Where quality education begins is where sexual and gender based violence ends.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Sogunro has reaffirmed his institution’s commitment to work with the Government of Liberia, especially the Ministries of Education and Health to promote health education across the country.