|‘Give schoolchildren condoms’|
|Saturday, 28 July 2012 00:00|
Lloyd Gumbo in GweruTRADITIONAL leaders and parents in Chiwundura District want schoolchildren to be given condoms to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.
Speaking at a dialogue workshop organised by Padare and Safaids at Chief Gambiza Township on Thursday, traditional leaders said it was high time Government intervened to stop young people from being infected.
“Now there is Aids that is affecting our children because we have been conservative yet there are measures of stopping them from being infected,” Chief Gambiza said.
“If they are to be given condoms, they won’t be infected. Condoms should be given to students who are in high school especially those who are already sexually active. We cannot continue pretending as if they are not indulging, our children will die young.
He said he had adjudicated over cases of teenage pregnancies at his courts. Village head, Mr Webster Bidi, said there were so many teenagers in his area that had dropped out of school because of pregnancies.
Mrs Miriam Dzete said it was inevitable for teenagers to be infected or impregnated because they already indulged in sex.
“It is important that we protect this generation by making right decisions that are meant to protect them,” she said.
“We have to protect our children by giving them condoms especially those who will be in Form Three or Four because if we don’t do that, we will regret.”