On 4th February 2014, Restless Development alumni and staff made an oral presentation to the parliamentary committee on youth and sport on addressing teenage pregnancy in Zambia.
Restless Development was invited based on its preceding submission of a summary position paper and a teenage pregnancy research conducted in 2011 and 2012. The position paper provided substantial recommendations to the Members of Parliament and policy makers informed by critical evidence generated through Restless Developments’ direct delivery work in schools, communities and Colleges of Education.
Among the key recommendations provided was increased budgetary allocation to reproductive health service delivery, increased access to comprehensive SRH and life skills education as well as building a stronger and coordinated national wide intervention to effectively respond to the challenge of teenage pregnancy and the domestication of the signed commitment on comprehensive sexuality education by ministers in the Eastern and Southern African Region.
In 2010, the Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education reported over 15,000 teenage pregnancies among school going teenagers in Zambia. While Government strategies and other stakeholders interventions have been developed to address this challenge, the numbers reported annually still remain concerning.
An opportunity for young people to engage directly with MP’s and provide input into what will inform policy formulation is a significant milestone in our youth-led shaping policy and practice work in Zambia.
On request from the committee, Restless Development will be writing to the clerk of the national assembly to have an audience with the entire team of MPs.
In the photo: Standing from Left to Right are Christerbel Machila, Desmond Maubo, Harriet Mwiinga, Hon. Derrick Mulivuma, Hon. Steven Chungu, Hon. Peter Phiri. Sitting from Left to Right are Benjamin Mwape, Ruth Witola (alumni), Hon. Misheck Mutelo, Hon. Davis Mwila.