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Students and youth representatives from 50 sukus from Covalima, Zumalai post administrative and Bobonaro municipality received Training of Trainers (TOT) training on reproductive and sexual health.

Students and youth representatives from 50 sukus from Covalima, Zumalai post administrative and Bobonaro municipality received Training of Trainers (TOT) training on reproductive and sexual health.

The Director of the organization Women's movement (MOFFE), Yasinta Lujina said the training aims to form youths to be the trainers so they can keep on providing training and raise awareness to others students and communities at the suku level.
She said the activity was attended by Secondary and Pre-secondary schools students from the ages of 13-19, including one representative from three schools for each municipality.
"They need to know what happens to their bodies and the risk of disease that occurs when they commit free sex," she said at her office, Farol, Dili.
Another main objective was to provide information such as reproductive and sexual health education to the youth so they can prevent early pregnancy, not drop out of school or marry at an early age.
Besides health education training, she said there was information about gender-based violence, in particular about sexual harassment and verbal violence that happens in schools and in society.
After the training, she affirmed that the youth trainers from the administrative posts could continue to raise awareness to other schools and to communities.
"We provided the budget for their planning and to organize the training activity to hteir peers," she said.
Besides raising awareness to schools and the community, she said the trainers also share information through their local community radio station as a way to spread information to everyone.
On the other hand, the Member of Youth Parliament from Liquisa Municipality, Inessoi Maria Virginia dos Santos said most problems identified include young people marrying early.
She said several factors led to early marriage, such as economics, particularly where families are powerless to send their children to an higher education level, then they decide to get married, many others fall pregnant accidently, and finally the family forces them to get married.
"Youth problems identified are mostly related to early pregnancy, dropping out [of school] and lack of information," she said.
She also called on civil society and the government to continue sharing information about sexual and reproductive health education to the youth so they have the knowledge they need to make good decisions for their future.

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