By Ikwen Atuaka
A beauty queen, Jesustina Ogar has pointed out lack of self esteem as a leading cause of teenage pregnancy in Cross River State.
Ogar who is the reigning Miss Yala disclosed this when she visited no fewer than 8 schools in Okuku, Yala local government area of northern Cross River lecturing pupils and students on the need to develop a high self esteem when being approached to have unprotected sex.
“Self esteem can simply be said to be the evaluation of oneself (sic). Applying it in the girl child as the topic implies, it has to do with the negative or positive evaluation of a girl as regards her worth as a girl child.
“Self esteem is of two types; the high self esteem and the low self esteem. The high self esteem deals with confidence, achievement, value and respect while the low self esteem has to do with fear, shame, and disrespect.
“It has been noticed that in our today’s society, many of our ladies suffer from low self-esteem which is not healthy for a woman. In fact, in our teenagers world of today, low self-esteem plays in their everyday activities due to lack of orientation and value and these most time affects even their daily decisions which makes them short of choices, and very vulnerable before their opposite sex.
“When a teenage girl finds herself in such state of vulnerability, with a low mentally about her worth, she tends to give in to immoral acts that may possibly lead to teenage pregnancy,” Ogar said.
The graduate of Engineering in the state university of technology, CRUTECH also taught them how to build a high self esteem in 6 ways which according to her includes; “Know your worth, focus on your fans and the kind of friends you keep, set standard and do not compromise them, be focused, try new things and redefine your failures.”
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