MINISTER for Social Welfare Dr Jiko Luveni believes that changing the mind-set of young people is the best way to address the high rate of adolescent births in Fiji.
"Young people take risks, even though they can be empowered with knowledge and information, they don't use it, they'll take the risk by having unprotected sex," Dr Luveni said.
She said preaching abstinence was not always the most effective measure to curbing the issue.
"Abstinence has been the preventative message that has been put to young people, but you and I both know that this does not work," Dr Luveni said.
"With the current social environment that our young people are exposed to, there are a lot of temptations for them to indulge in unplanned social behaviours, sex for instance."
She said there was a need to give young people the choice to use contraceptives.
"Our ministry is taking the information to the community level, particularly in rural areas. From community resource centres, we have young people who will be trained and will be the advocates for reproductive health to young people."
With 1339 women's groups and 41 women's resource centres around the country, she said the government had a wider reach than ever before.