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Power to youth School outreaches”

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The purpose of the school outreach is to empower school going and out of school children with information on the benefits of prioritizing books before babies. Topics top on discussion are; menstrual hygiene management, personal hygiene, puberty, prevention of HIV/AIDS and other STIs, prevention of child marriages, teenage pregnancies, and gender equality.


Girls’ education goes beyond getting girls into school. It is also about ensuring that girls learn and feel safe while in school; complete all levels of education with the skills to effectively compete in the labor market; learn the socio-emotional and life skills necessary to navigate and adapt to a changing world; make decisions about their own lives; and contribute to their communities and the world. According to UNESCO estimates, 130 million girls between the age of 6 and 17 are out of school and 15 million girls of primary-school age—half of them in sub-Saharan Africa— will never enter a classroom


Due to gaps in access to information and youth friendly services, young people and adolescents further face several Sexual Reproductive Health challenges that range from HIV/AIDS and STDs/STIs infections, unintended pregnancies currently estimated at 25% (UDHS 2016), maternal and child deaths, menstrual health related challenges and Sexual and Gender Based Violence like forced marriages, rape, defilement and female genital mutilation. They too suffer from psychological problems like alcohol, drug and substance abuse, delinquency, truancy and limited access to correct and culturally sensitive Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights information and youth friendly services.


Child marriage a critical challenge, it will cost developing countries like Uganda trillions of dollars by 2030, says World Bank/ICRW Report. Child brides are much more likely to drop out of school and complete fewer years of education than their peers who marry later. This affects the education and health of their children, as well as their ability to earn a living.  In addition, more than 41,000 girls under the age of 18 marry every end to the practice would increase women’s expected educational attainment, and with it, their potential earnings. According to estimates, ending child marriage could generate more than $500 billion in benefits annually each year.

Elite youth of Uganda together with Mbale Network of young people living with HIV/AIDs(MNYPA) and Uganda youth and adolescent health forum under power to youth program conducts school outreaches and discuss number of key areas including, menstrual hygiene management, HIV/AIDs and Teenage Pregnancies to enable school going children to make better life choices as they are still at school.

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