The Swedish Embassy near Monrovia and the United Nations Population Fund have signed a cooperation agreement for the implementation of a four – year project to increasing the knowledge and skills of young people.
Swedish Ambassador, Lena Nordstrom, said the agreement will contribute to the reduction in the high rate of teenage pregnancies across Liberia.
Ambassador Nordstrom attributed the high rate of teenage pregnancies to low possibilities for young people to exercise independent sexual health decision and low education on sexual reproduction health.
She said Sweden will provide over 4 million United States Dollars, while UNFPA will contribute over 675 thousand for the implementation of the project.
UNFPA Country Representative, Dr. Oluremi Sogunro, said the signing of the agreement marks a very special day for all young people in Liberia, especially those in the southeast. Dr. Sogunro observed that by age 19, 3 out of 5 girls are already mothers.
Also making remarks during the signing ceremony, Liberia Deputy Education Minister, Romelle Horton, thanked the Swedish Government and UNFPA for the signing of the agreement.
She urged young people to take advantage of the project and prevent themselves from teenage pregnancies.