A famous Lecturer and Cohort Leader of the Public Health & Health Promotion programmes at the University of West London, Dr Da Costa Aboagye has noted that school is the best place , safest environment for children of all ages to learn and understand sex , relationships and reproductive health education, TheNewsGh.com reports
Commenting on the proposed Comprehensive Sexual Education (CES), Dr Aboagye noted that in spite of the Ghanaian culture values, broader consultations were necessary to educate parents, families , religious leaders on the “contents” of the new curriculum and if some aspects are foreign to our culture and values be reviewed or deleted.
Dr Aboagye argued that there is “an awful lot of miscommunication”, misinformation and “a lack of understanding of exactly what the content of the new curriculum is”.
Religious leaders, families and parents need to understand what that contents of the sexuality education is “to change the propaganda narrative and misinformation on various social media platforms”. He noted
Touching on the benefits of sex education, the Health Promotion Expert pointed out that sexuality education has been shown to prevent and reduce the risks of adolescent pregnancy, HIV, and sexually transmitted infections for children and adolescents in many countries. Therefore Ghanaian children must not be left behind in sexuality education.
All children and adolescents need to receive accurate education about sexuality to understand the ultimately risk associated. “Unhealthy, exploitive, or risky sexual activity lead to health and social problems, such as unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including gonorrhoea, chlamydia, syphilis, hepatitis, herpes, human papilloma virus (HPV); HIV infection; and AIDS”. Dr Aboagye stressed
He therefore noted that school-based sexuality education that highlights the prevention of unintended pregnancy and STIs must be encouraged including evidence-based education about sexuality to help children and adolescents make informed, positive, and safe choices about their reproductive health.
“Today , our children can access anything and everything at the click of a mouse or casual scroll of a smartphone and are faced with daily threats of online and various social media pedophiles among others but reducing the debate to homosexuality is dangerous to deprive children the opportunity to learn about current and future threats they face in society”, he asserted
According to Dr Aboagye , teaching our children sex education would mean children are taught about the risks online, including sharing personal details and naked images and how to spot the signs of grooming, providing them with the skills and resilience they need to keep themselves safe from sexual violence, forced marriage , sexual bullying and harmful sexual content online, including pornography.
“People in positions of power have a duty not to leave our children behind in sexuality education but to broaden the conservation to educate religious leaders, families and parents “to change the propaganda narrative and misinformation on various media platforms and also review the contents based on consultation to reflect our Ghanaian culture and values”. He added.