Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

26 November 2012

Tanzania: Dar es Salaam Institute Uses Sports to Fight Teen Pregnancy

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Young women perform in traditional dress in Arusha, Tanzania.

INSTITUTE of Hope 4 Young Girls of Dar es Salaam has organized various concerts games for girls in primary and secondary schools in the country as a platform to educate pupils on prevention of teen pregnancies.

Speaking to the 'Daily News' over the weekend, the Executive Director of Hope 4 Young Girls, Salma Kudo, said starting on Tuesday, they will stage games at Kenton School in the city. She said the event aims to gather young girls between the ages of 11 and 19, where apart from participating in these games they will also be educated on prevention of teenage pregnancy.

"We've seen that we must fight the problem of teen pregnancies to girls in various schools and we have decided to use sports where we give education on how to deal with teenage pregnancy," said Kudo. Kudo added that participants will compete in various sports including tug-of-war, women's football, drafts and pool.

She said they will also use the occasion to select four representatives of the institution from the school. She argued that games help children build their confidence and prevent them from idling about, as a result avoid temptations to premature sex that often destroys little girls.

On her side, Janet Mushi, Development Director of the institute, said their project is sustainable and she appealed to the general public to join forces in the fight against teen pregnancies. "Our mission is for primary and secondary schools, so we have started in Dar es Salaam, with more resources we'll go to other regions," he said.

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