Sierra Leone has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the world. Teenage pregnancy reduces a girl’s chances in life, often interfering with schooling, limiting opportunities, and placing girls at increased risk of child marriage, HIV infections and domestic violence. According to the World Health Organization, teenage pregnancy is also a leading cause of death for mothers in Sierra Leone.
The CRC is intentional about helping students learn the moral importance and personal benefit of delaying sexual activity until after marriage. The "Honoring God With Your Body" curriculum is designed to help teenagers realize the spiritual, emotional, psychological and physical implications of sex before marriage. A recent HGWYB workshop facilitated by case managers Emmanuel Lamin and Abie Mattia addressed teenage pregnancy, rape prevention, and substance abuse. CRC Director Olivia Fonnie also gave a motivational talk to the students.
“I am very grateful to the staff at CRC for this great information they are impacting on us. It is a great opportunity to understand how to honor the body. We promised to cooperate well with our body, and also to pass on what we have learnt to others who don’t have the chance to attend, ’’ CRC student Esther shared.
“I have to pay more attention to my education rather than things of this world," CRC student Yankuba said about the training. "According to Uncle Emmanuel, there is a time for sex and a time for education and a time for marriage."
Forty students attended the workshop, some accompanied by their parents.