The National Aids Council (NAC) in North western province has welcomed the introduction of comprehensive sexually education (CSE) lesson on sexual reproductive health in schools across the country.
NAC Provincial AIDS Coordination Advisor, Hilary Sakala said in an interview in Solwezi that the CSE will help pupils learn about the dangers of engaging in sex.
CSE can only bear fruit if it acts as a platform where pupils will learn about how they can prevent themselves from engaging in sex which has led some adolescents to be HIV positive, Mr Sakala said .
‘’it is important that adolescents and young people have the correct HIV and sexual health information and skills and are able to access HIV and sexual and reproductive health services,’’ he said.
The Zambia Population-Based HIV Impact Assessment (ZAMPHIA) study conduct in 2015-2016 has revealed that adolescent girls aged 15-19 in Zambia have already stared child baring and some are married.
The HIV prevalence among the adolescents in the country are high with females recording 8.6 percent and males recording 2.1 percent.
Mr. Sakala however said the introduction of CSE in schools as a lesson will help reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS among pupils as they will learn the basics of HIV prevention.
He has therefore, called on the pupils to take CSE lessons seriously as it is a foundation for one to live a better life in future.
Mr. Sakala has further urged teachers to be more proactive as well and be open to the pupils if the lesson is to bear fruit.
Meanwhile Dickson Kamalata, a pupil at Solwezi day secondary school, said that the introduction of the CES lessons will go a long way in helping pupils conduct themselves responsibly sexually.
He stated that many parents find it difficult to talk about sex with their children which has led to many adolescents to try out which has resulted into unplanned pregnancies.
Dickson has called on his fellow pupils to embrace the lesson as it will be taught in schools.