Comprehensive sexual education is essential to enable young people to deal with their sexuality in a positive and responsible way. An estimated number of 2.2million adolescent girl in Africa reportedly become pregnant every year. This contributes to an increase in the number of young girls who drop out of school, high unemployment rate as well as vulnerability to violence and all this translates to the perpetuation of poverty as a matter of consequence.
Worse still, lack of information is greatly contributing to a rise in the spread of HIV. In 2010 alone, 2.6 million new HIV infections were recorded and 17% of the total number was filled up by cases of children aged 0- 14 years.
Parents, teachers, social workers and community members, it is time we educate the youth about sexuality.