Over 50 girls drawn from the Maa community in Narok County have benefited from free sex education programme from the Narok Peace Association group.
The one day training held at Ilmashariani A.I.C church grounds saw the girls trained on how to say ‘No’ to sex and carry themselves with dignity so as to attract respect from the members of the society.
The Narok Peace ambassador Joshua Kaputa said the gesture follows increasing cases of teen pregnancy in the county that has ranked the county among the top in teenage pregnancies in the country.
“We do not want our children to engage in sex because they were not informed on the dangers that are associated with the act when they are still in school. We want to educate our children so that they can educate their colleagues in school,” he said.
At the same time, the organisation gave the girls free sanitary towels, face masks and sanitisers so that they can remain clean and focus on education, even as they report back to school.
Kaputa said “Most school going girls shy off from sharing their encounters with their parents or teachers and instead share with their boyfriends who end up impregnating them”.
Lydia Kishoiyan, a student who benefited from the programme, could not hide her joy as she thanked the good Samaritans for extending their love to them.
“I have learnt too much about early sex and I promise to be a good ambassador of discouraging sex among my peers because I have seen some of my friends drop out of school because they were pregnant,” she said.
Sylvia Kaaria, a pupil at Ilmasharian primary school said most girls from poor backgrounds are easily wooed by men who take advantage of their poverty to buy them sanitary towels in exchange of sex.
In 2014, the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey ranked Narok County the top most in teenage pregnancy at 40 percent higher than the national average of 18 percent.