Dialogue creates awareness

2015-09-09 06:00
REPRESENTATIVES of Sekwele, the Human Rights Organisation, with learners of the Reahola Secondary School during the teenage pregnancy dialogue. From the left are, front: Teboho Moroe, Monky Masiteng, Tabita Malinga, Lebohang Moramotse, learners,  and

REPRESENTATIVES of Sekwele, the Human Rights Organisation, with learners of the Reahola Secondary School during the teenage pregnancy dialogue. From the left are, front: Teboho Moroe, Monky Masiteng, Tabita Malinga, Lebohang Moramotse, learners, and

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PHUTHADITJHABA. – A successful dialogue on teenage pregnancy was recently hosted by the Human Rights Organisation, Sekwele, at the Reahola Secondary School in Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa.

The dialogue was aimed at teaching learners about teenage pregnancy which has always been a cause for concern in many schools around the country.

Paseka Mokoena, the Sekwele mentor, said teenage pregnancy was rife at the school and that was why they decided on the initiative.

“We have created a platform for learners to talk about this challenge.

“We wanted them to come with solutions because they might know better than us why it is happening,” he said.

Mokoena said in the past learners seldom had the chance to debate matters concerning themselves, and for this reason the problem was never solved.

“We are very happy with their engagement in the initiative.

“The learners aired their views frankly and fearlessly.

“This means they will be comfortable when engaging their parents at home,” he concluded.

Tabita Malinga, one of the learners who was leading the dialogue, said: “I want to thank Sekwele for breaking the ice between learners and educators.

“I believe something will come from this. This dialogue established a relationship between us and educators. Not only an academic relationship but a social one as well,” she said.

Mathulo Pulinyane, a teacher at the school, praised the organisation and challenged other organisations to help schools with similar issues.

“It takes a village to raise a child. We need as many hands as possible to shape the futures of our learners.

“We really appreciate what Sekwele did and I hope they won’t stop here,” said Pulinyane

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