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Comprehensive Sexual Education yielding results

General News Comprehensive Sexual Education yielding results

A Senior education standards officer in Solwezi district in North Western Province says the cooperation between the Ministries of General Education and Health is yielding results in promoting sexual reproductive health rights in schools.

Mr Borniface Kanema who is Senior Education Officer for Special Education under the Province Education Office says Comprehensive Sexual Education is not about teaching Children on how to have sex but to give them correct information on their physiological make up for them to make informed decision on matters of sex.

“The cooperation between the Ministry of General Education and Ministry of Health is now yielding results because our children are now able to access services on Comprehensive Health Sexual Education,” he said.

Speaking when he gave a report on Reproductive Maternal Neonatal Child Adolescent Health, at the end of year stakeholders meeting organized by the Ministry of Health, Mr. Kanema said the adolescents are human beings with different health issues in need of help on sexual matters so that they are protected from early marriages, pregnancies and eventually HIV/Aids.

He said Comprehensive Sexual Education was introduced in Schools because of the alarming numbers of school dropouts due to pregnancy every year.

“In Northwestern province, pregnancies was the 3rd major reason for dropouts in 2017 with 1,226 accounting for 18.9 percent of the total dropouts.

Mr Kanema said 28 percent of the adolescent girls became pregnant before the age of 18 years according to the Zambia Demographic Health Survey (ZDHS 2013/2014).

He said the Ministry of General Education has the mandate of providing information to adolescent and young people in Schools through advocates to increase awareness on the consequences of early and unwanted pregnancies.

“We sensitize them on the consequences of child marriages, Sexually Transmitted Infections, un-safe abortion, Gender Based Violence, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS through curriculum activities in Schools,” he added.

Mr Kanema said it is not possible that teachers in schools can start teaching children how to do sex.

Provincial Health Office Principal Nursing Officer Hellen Mahamba called for concerted efforts in making parents understand that Comprehensive Sexual Education is not about teaching learners on how to engage in sex.

“You should help us to sensitize parents on this issue. There is a lot of misunderstanding and fears,” she said.

She said early pregnancies has done a lot of damage to Adolescent girls because of lack of information on Sexual issues.

Ms Mahamba said Comprehensive Sexual Education is there to protect lives of the adolescent in schools and outside.

She said traditional leaders have been engaged and that they are taking a leading role now.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. KUMASI, OCTOBER 1, 2019 (CISA)-The President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference (GCBC), has rejected the proposal to introduce sexuality education at the basic level in schools.
    Archbishop Naameh further urged Ghanaians not to accept the proposal to introduce the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in schools.
    The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) has described the plan to begin teaching CSE in all public schools to children from five years upwards as satanic.

    This is what we expect of men of God, not Zambian Bishops and men of God that only involve themselves in politics and attacking government contrary to the word of God.

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  2. This is what we expect of men of God, and the Church not Zambian Bishops and men of God that only involve themselves in politics and attacking government contrary to the word of God.
    You never hear them say prayers or speak anything of God or Jesus in the media. Just things of men.
    Matthew 16
    23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

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  3. So where are the results?? Have early pregnancies and early marriages significantly reduced or stopped??If you chew allowances then the programme however badly structured it may be you would qualify it as bearing as ” yielding results “!!

  4. This is just another propaganda piece from CSO hit men that have sold their souls for a few pieces of silver to preach in favor of a satanic agenda. Which Zambian would like to end up with a homosexual or transgender chi child because they were taught that it’s an alternative lifestyle? To many Zambians it’s like having your child die.

  5. The best way to do this is have the parents attend a compulsory Sex Education course every beginning of the term to teach them what they should be teaching their children and give them the material to do so. Let them decide what and how they tell their own children. After all parents could be involved in children’s education. This is one way to ensure. Remove anything to do with homosexuality or transgender.

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  6. Objectors know how difficult it is for black Zambian parents to speak to their children about sexual matters. Trust me, this curriculum is the best shot you have to a younger generation that will make it easier to sensitize their own kids. In the past you waited for that Biology topic on reproduction and had embarrassing moments. Stop this and man up. We are in a new decade a mambala.

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