Kenyan Stakeholders have been asked to establish teenage rehabilitation centers in counties where all teenage mothers can converge and get guiding and counseling.
The center should be equipped with youth friendly services and give room for those who dropped out of school because of early teenage pregnancy to proceed with their education.
Speaking to the press in her office, Dr. Leonidah Makila, a psychologist and a part time Lecturer at Kibabii University in Kenya, said that teen mothers should not be neglected in the society instead given a chance to proceed with their education and avoid stigmatization.
Dr. Makila expressed her worries on the spiking number of teenage mothers in Bungoma and Busia counties saying that teenagers have lacked basic love, guidance and counseling from the society at large exposing them to these difficulties.
“I urge all stakeholders to unite and put up a teenage rehabilitation centre in every county that will help in giving friendly services to teen mothers and help them avoid stigmatization from the society,” she said, adding that mentorship programs should be started in every community to guide teenagers.
However, Dr. Makila faulted politicians for only engaging in politics of power instead of empowering our youths with skills and funds to sustain them.
She asked the NG-CDF committee to come up with a policy of rehabilitation and allocate funds to teenage rehabilitation centres so that teenagers who drop out of school due to early marriages and teen pregnancy are taken back to school and given equal opportunity like others.
“Our teenagers were exposed to too much pornographic content during the Covid-19 lockdown since many of them were idle, making them engage in negative peer pressure which resulted in the surge in teenage pregnancy and drug abuse,” she noted.
Dr. Makila, who is also the chairperson of the County Education board, supported the move by activists that sporting activities should be resumed in schools to help students nurture and develop their talents.
She attributed the increase in sexual activities and bad behavior in schools to idleness and aggressiveness due to lack of sporting events.
“Sports help reduce aggression, burn fats and reduce sexual energy helping our teenagers avoid early sexual intercourse that may direct them to become early mothers,” she said, teachers should be at the forefront to support teenage mothers and teenage fathers who might have gone to school to continue with their academics.
At the church, Makila urged the clergy to come up with mentor-ship programs aimed at safeguarding the interest of teenagers so that we save the future generations quoting former South African President, Nelson Mandela who said that; If you deny people Education, You destroy a generation.