The 2015 Carnival Calabar Queen (CCQ) and Face of Mothers Against Child Abandonment (MACA), Miss Leaticia Olawole has taken the message of total abstinence as the surest way to prevent teenage pregnancy and child abandonment to 2,838 in-school adolescents in selected secondary schools in Cross River State.
The Queen who visited 5 schools within Odukpani, Calabar South and Calabar Municipality Local Government Areas engaged the young school children in an interactive session to enable them see the need to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health and rights issues.
Miss Leaticia strongly advised the adolescents to take their education seriously and to see it as the gate way to a brighter future.
“If you take your education seriously, you will hardly have time to get involved in risky behaviours that will mar your future”, the Queen told the students.
Schools visited were Government Secondary School, Adiabo & Government Comprehensive Secondary School, both in Odukpani; Government Secondary School, Henshaw Town and Government Secondary School, Atu in Calabar South and Government Science School, Ikot Effanga in Calabar Municipality.
Meanwhile, the Carnival Calabar Queen extended her advocacy visits to the Chairpersons of the 3 local government councils within which the schools are located. While there, the Queen introduced MACA as an NGO whose mission is to facilitate collective action for the protection of all children in Nigeria. She sensitized the Chairpersons on the essence of the advocacy visits to school children and solicited for their support towards the success of the visits and to the other activities of MACA.
Responding on behalf of the Chairperson, Odukpani Local Government Council, the Vice-Chairperson, Rt.Hon. Glory Okon who received the MACA team expressed her happiness on the work that MACA is doing through the Carnival Calabar Queen, observing that the spate of child abandonment has drastically reduced since MACA was introduced and began advocating among young people on the dangers of risky sexual behaviours. She wished the CCQ success in her schools advocacy visits.
In the same vein, the Vice-Chairperson of Calabar Municipality, Evang. (Dr.) Caroline Etim (JP) welcomed the team to the council and assured of the council’s regard and support towards the activities of MACA.
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