As concerns of unwanted pregnancies among the school-going teens increase, students from GS Remera Protestant in Kigali have taken to using songs and drama to show the dangers of early pregnancy to their fellow students.
Speaking during one such event at the school campus last week, Christiane Umuhire, the director of family promotion and child protection at Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion, hailed the students’ efforts towards the fight to end the unwanted teen pregnancies.
“This performance showcased by the students is a reminder that the issue is alive and fresh, and calls for attention from the administration and other stakeholders,” she said, adding that packaging the messages in poetry and songs makes them easily understood by society.
For Mertilde Mukakabare, a member of Unity Club, communicating the evils of unwanted pregnancies through drama and poetry is an effective method because students communicate directly to their vulnerable colleagues.
She, however, advised that girls should be keen on the messages since they are the ones that are most affected by the pregnancies.
“Girls should say ‘No’ where necessary in order to avoid bad peer influence that could lead them into risky sexual behavior, drug abuse and other illegal activities,” Mukakabare advised.
She promised a helping hand and collaboration with schools and parents in the campaign against unwanted pregnancies and HIV/AIDS among teens.
“Ministry of Family and Gender Promotion is more worried about the lives of the teens and youth. That’s why we tour schools and sensitise students about the evils of the teenage pregnancies,” she said.
Edward Nkurikiye Umukiza, the head teacher of GS Remera Protestant, said they chose drama as a kind of mobilization to attract the attention of students.