Miss Namibia 2021, Chelsi Shikongo says that it is essential for young to get sex education
programmes as it will be vital in mitigating teenage pregnancy.
Speaking at a recent visit to Okahandja’s Five Rand Primary School under the ‘I can say no’
the campaign, Shikongo pleaded with the government to intervene.
“With sex education, young people can become more responsible with the choices they make and prepares them to be better adults who can make better life and sex choices,” says Shikongo.
According to the beauty queen, it is imperative for young people to be taught the importance of consent saying young girls are not taught how to say no to boys and boys have been brought up to always be persistent.
“There is only one way to say no and we are teaching boys to know that they need to
understand that rejection and it has got nothing to do with who you are as a person, that
person just doesn’t like you. It does not mean that you have to take things into your own
hands,” she says.
Recent reports and statistics have shown that teenage pregnancies are not decreasing.
Chelsi Shikongo founded the I can say no campaign in 2018 with the fundamental aim of
empower the youth through promoting abstinence, minimising the rate of teenage
pregnancies and preventing unwanted pregnancies via sex education.
EMPOWERING…Miss Namibia 2021, Chelsi Shikongo is passionate about the role
which sex education plays. Photo Contributed