His Excellency President Koroma Launchestthe National Strategy....

On the 13th of May 2013, His Excellency the President officially launched the National Strategy for the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy. In addition to H.E. the President himself, the ceremony was honored by the presence of Their Excellences the First Ladies of Nigeria and Sierra Leone, the Ministers of Health and Sanitation, of Information and Communication as well as of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs. Representatives of the Ministries of Finance and Economic Development, of Education, Science and Technology as well as of Youth Affairs completed the high table.

 

 

More than 2 000 people attended the celebration, including a high level delegation from Nigeria, led by H.E. the First Lady of Nigeria

In total, more than 2 000 people attended the celebration but some key participants can be identified. These include fifty delegates from Nigeria (Spouses of Ministers and State Governors, former Government Ministers and other distinguished guests), Representatives of the Parliamentarians and of the Paramount Chiefs, Religious leaders, Senior officers of Line Ministries, Heads of UN Agencies, donors, representatives of NGO partners and other concerned individuals. Finally, the participants to this important event included representatives from the adolescents and young people (300 out-of-school youths and 600 in-school pupils), key beneficiaries of the National Strategy.

At the Launching ceremony of the National Strategy, on 13 May 2013, His Excellency the President indicated that: “The Government of Sierra Leone will make all efforts necessary to achieve the ambitious objectives that the National Strategy is setting. (…) This strategy presents a multisectoral approach to empowering adolescents and young people, particularly girls. It involves all key stakeholders and present simple but ambitious solution to Teenage Pregnancy. But more than that, it is a commitment that we make for the younger generations.”

“Let girls be girls, not mothers”, motto of the National Strategy