Parents in Zombo District are challenged to engage their children in sexuality education so they can be kept abreast of any emerging sexuality issues on their bodies for easy coping at this time when they are home for exceedingly long holidays.
Mr Hudson Kermundu, a peer educator in Paidha town council, notes that most children in Zombo are always caught unawares of any sexuality experience that occurs to them – a blame he levies on parents’ fear to discuss and teach them regarding the matter.
He fears that if the trend continues, children may end up contracting sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies and unhealthy sexual bodies.
“Most of our parents this side, fear a lot to sit down with their children and talk to them about sexual reproductive health. For instance, a mother will fear to sit down and talk to her daughter and share her experiences with her like how she managed these challenges in her time,” Mr Kermundu says.
The West Nile Family Planning Coalition Coordinator who is also a sexual and reproductive health activist, , Mr Cosmas Omirambe, says any time a parent fails to talk to their children about sexuality matter, calls for their ignorance that ends up landing them in unwanted sexual life experiences.
He is worried that unless parents take up this role, there will be a possible rise in unhealthy sexual experiences among their children that will consequently affect their biological and psychological statuses.
The activist implores parents to always spare time for talking to their children on sexual matters for a sexually informed generation.
“It is unfortunate that many of our parents fail to talk to their children when it comes to issues relating to their sexuality. If you are a parent who doesn’t spare time to talk to your children about their sexuality, you are the one misleading them,” Mr Omirambe says.
One of the parents, Mr Quinto Jaloch Afoyomungu, admits that there is laxity among parents in offering sexuality education to their children for fear of sounding sexual.
“As parents, we really have a lot of gaps and we have failed to tell them the truth about sexuality education.”
A report from the international conference on population and development indicates that sexual reproductive health programmes have developed slowly and failed to reach enough to disadvantaged women and adolescent girls accounting for at least 20 per cent burden of ill health for women of reproductive age and 14 per cent for men.