Sex has become rampant among the youth of today to the extent that, pupils in the Junior high schools regard themselves ripe for sexual activities. Due to this, the Council for College Education, a creation of University of Cape Coast called for the introduction of HIV Education in all 46 public colleges nationwide. This will help equip teacher trainees with the requisite skills to teach pupils on sexually related issues when they become professional teachers. This submission by the CCE brought about the HIV/AIDS Sensitization Programme (HASP). UNESCO, an international health body, has also adopted strategies for greater involvement of the education sector in combating the spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases within the African continent.
campusnewsgh.com is reliably informed that, Peer Education on Sexual Activities and Consequence (PESAC) is to be introduced in Tamale College of Education come next semester. A group of students of the institution came up with this initiative of forming such a club to educate colleague trainees and the general public more on Sexually related Activities and their consequences.
This has become a call on the “to be” members of PESAC to use other methods of desseminating information such as Dramatization, Demonstration, Simulation, fish bowl and other learner centered methods of education. This they believe would make understanding easier and practicable. Hopefully, when the club procures stand, its members would be moving from one basic school to the other to educate pupils on this canker.
Speaking to campusnewsgh.com, the P. R.O of the club, Mr. Abdul Mumin Abdul Hakeem made it known that, plans are in the pipeline to come out with a booklet to outline the aims, objectives and activities of the club to be birthed. He also highlighted that, when the club is fully conceived, there would be sexual education among members whenever the club meets pertaining HIV/AIDS and other STI’s. Debates, Drama and other entertaining programmes on this issue would be part of our activities,’ he added.
The president of the club, Mr. Abdallah Benyinya who doubles as the Public Relations Officer of the college’s Student Representative Council, also made it known that, he has had tete a tete with the principal of the college and he has appended his approval for the club to be formed. Due to this, close to 10 letters have been given out to stakeholders within the health diaspora to support their first initiative dubbed ” Blood donation by the teacher trainee” to the blood bank of the premier multi-tasked health facility within the northern enclave, Tamale Teaching Hospital.
He also added that, the club would not only concentrate on sexual issues but also probing issues that demand collective remedy. When school resumes, cards will be given to voluntary donors as benefits which can be submitted to any hospital when they face similar challenge with regards to blood,’ he hinted.
SOURCE: campusnewsgh/Fuseini Inusah Akonsi