Regain Trust empowers the youth
This was revealed by Hubert Mukosho from the Namibian Youth Against Alcohol organisation during a public dialogue hosted by the Regain Trust through their ‘Amplified’ project.
The dialogue aims to educate school-going learners about gender-based violence, teenage pregnancies, and HIV/Aids.
Mukosho said that the future looks bleak.
"I am afraid for our future. This month alone, we received over 58 cases of learners that are victims of substance abuse; 38 are from primary schools, with the youngest being seven years old. Our future leaders are failing us."
Mukosho said that the youth need to refrain from these illegal and harmful activities.
"Engage in activities like sport to keep you active and healthy."
Bernelee Skrywer, a social worker from the Regain Trust, said that the rising number of teenage pregnancies is a concern and has to be managed.
"It’s important to host these dialogues because teenage pregnancy cases are high, and we are trying to prevent these numbers from rising. We are raising awareness through hosting public dialogues for youth and adults under the age of 25, as it is important to educate both parties to maintain a broader understanding."
Regain Trust intends to facilitate public dialogues with adolescents and youth from the Erongo Region and, more specifically, the communities of Walvis Bay, through their ‘Amplified’ project.
Sexual violence rife
The purpose of the public dialogue was to discuss the difficulties that adolescents and youth face. The overarching goal is to provide a platform for adolescents and young people to address gender-based violence (SGBV) and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) issues.
Cases of sexual violence remain high, with over 1 000 cases of rape being reported in the country every year.
Despite Covid-19 regulations being crucial to the country’s efforts to curb and manage the pandemic, life skills health education was pushed to the back burner, and through platforms such as these, a variety of issues are tackled in a group setting.
This specific platform engaged learners aged 10 to 24 from eight primary and secondary schools in Walvis Bay.