The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the CTF Education Secretariat are partnering to provide appropriate information on sexual and reproductive health to address HIV and AIDS. unintended pregnancies in adolescents.
Mr Mamadou Lamine-Sow, Program Specialist and Head of Education Sector, UNESCO Regional Office in Abuja, said during an orientation session for School Management Committees (SBMCs) and the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) on HIV Family Life Education in Abuja on Tuesday that age-appropriate information was essential for improving well-being.
Lamine-Sow said the session was made possible through the Our Lives, Our Future (O3) program to strengthen and support the delivery of quality HIV family life education (FLHE) that would empower adolescents and young people.
He added that “we all know how important Nigeria‘s FLHE is in preparing young people for safe, productive and fulfilling lives in a world where HIV and AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies, gender-based violence and gender inequality continue to pose serious risks to their well-being.
He therefore urged parents and SBMCs to understand, support and become involved in providing FLHE with factual information and to equip them with the life skills necessary to enable them to overcome life challenges.
He noted that “these would develop their skills and confidence to engage their children and children in accurate, non-judgmental conversations about sexual and reproductive health needs.
“It will support teachers in delivering FLHE at the classroom level; and – ensure that schools and community environments are free from gender-based violence, safe, healthy and inclusive for all learners.
UNESCO National Program Officer Ms. Ngozi Amanze said: “FLHE plays a central role in preparing young people for safe, productive and fulfilling lives in a world where HIV and AIDS, STIs, unintended pregnancies and gender-based violence continue to pose serious risks. to their well-being.
“We all know that schools offer important opportunities to reach large numbers of young people with comprehensive information on sexual and reproductive health before they become active.
“It also provides a safe and supportive learning environment, the tools and materials necessary to provide young people with high quality life skills training. “
According to her, 150 members of the PTA and SBMC will attend the orientation session.
Mr Solomon Johnson, representing the FCT-Education Secretariat, said the orientation session would equip parents, teachers and SBMC on FLHE, aimed at reducing the incidences of unplanned pregnancies and STDs.
Johnson therefore urged parents to play a fundamental role in providing quality sexual and reproductive health education to their children for long-term results.
Likewise, Dr Lydia Giginna, Director of Educational Support Services, Federal Ministry of Education, representing Chime, stressed the need for increased efforts to equip adolescents with the skills to improve health and performance. well-being.
In addition, Mr. Adebayo James, representing SBMC in the FCT, congratulated the organizers of the orientation session, which he said would expose the participants to FLHE.
Mr. Umar Zubairu, representative of PTA, FCT, urged the organizers to make the training an ongoing process, as well as to disseminate it to others.
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