17 December 2012

Gambia: Community of Dobong Sensitised On Teenage Pregnancy, Others

The Bwiam Community Child Protection Committee recently held a day's sensitisation forum on teenage pregnancy, child labour and trafficking in Dobong Village, in the Foni Kansala District of the West Coast Region.

The forum, which was funded by the Department of Social Welfare, targeted members of the community, to involve them in the fight against teenage pregnancy, child labour and trafficking, and others.

Speaking at the forum, Ajie Bintou Njie of Bwiam Community Child Protection Committee, underscored the importance of the forum, noting that the development and protection of the child should be everybody's priority. Explaining some of the factors responsible for teenage pregnancy, Njie cited lack of parental care, peer pressure, poverty among others.

The acting programme development officer, Ding Ding Bantaba Federation Community, Sam Colley, said that the fight against teenage pregnancy, child trafficking and child labour is challenging and requires greater commitment and dedication.

The Bwiam Police Station officer, Pa Wally Njie dwelled on the importance of community policing, saying that community policing has been a longstanding relationship between the police and the community. According to him, the security is meant to protect the life and property of the citizenry while stressing that the police cannot do it all.

SO Njie urged the participants to come together in order to protect children against any forms of social crimes and furnish the police with information to protect the country.

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