The secretary-general and chief budget officer at the National Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission, Umulisa Hnriette has requested Gicumbi parents to make it their responsibility to educate their children on reproductive health.
She made the call last Friday as Rwanda marked the international day of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) held at Groupe Scolaire Gishambashayo in Rubaya sector of Gicumbi district, Northern Province under the theme “Ni uburenganzira bwanyu kumenya ubuzima bw’imyororokere” (It is your right to know about reproductive health).
Umulisa explained that parents and all stakeholders have to create deep awareness among the youth on reproductive health.
“Teaching the youth on reproductive health especially a girl, will help her to know her body changes so she can avoid premature pregnancies and HIV/AIDS. It is our responsibilities as parents to grow healthy children for a better tomorrow,” she said.
The vice mayor of Gicumbi district in charge of social welfare, Benihirwe Charlotte also reminded parents to be responsible for their children’s education by teaching them moral values.
“Our country evolves day after day. We can’t reach expected development when the youth are in risky situations. Parents must embrace the culture of talking to their children on reproductive health,” she said.
Imbuto Foundation representatives who attended the celebration provided 80 small books called ’’Agaciro Kanjye’ (My value) to Groupe Scolaire Gishambashayo to increase pupils’ knowledge on reproductive health and help them avoid AIDS and premature pregnancies.