The National Union of Ghana Students represented by it’s Press and Information Secretary and Treasurer, Kobby Otchere Marfo and Micheal Ofori respectively participated in the High Level Ministerial Dialogue on Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Youth-Friendly Services under the theme;

“Securing Political Commitment to Comprehensive Sexuality Education(CSE) and Reproductive Health(ASRH) Services”

on January 30, 2019 at the Alisa Hotel, North Ridge, Accra.

The dialogue saw the participation of some education and health officials, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) executives and stakeholders in some African countries to discuss the inculcation of sexuality education in the academic syllabus so as to fully equip the youth on such matters of sexual harassment, rape and a host of sexual deficiencies.

The event was also an opportunity to present the Our Right, Our Lives, Our Future (O³) Program.

The O³ Program commenced in 2018 and supports delivery of good quality comprehensive sexual education that empowers adolescents and young people and builds agency, while developing skills, knowledge, attitudes and competencies required for preventing HIV, reducing early and unintended pregnancies, and eliminating gender-based violence.

Ghana’s Minister of Education, Hon Mathew Opoku Prempeh in his address noted with keen interest the progress of the Ghana Education Service in making CSE a part of the 2019/20 academic syllabus from the JHS to SHS level.

This will go a long way to ensure that the youth get a better understanding of sexuality to help curb teenage pregnancies, STI infections and a host of others.

NUGS therefore urges parents, the church, teachers and civil society organizations that we all have a role to play in educating and sensitizing the youth on sexuality.

All forms of education starts right from the home. Parents should be able to educate their wards on sexuality, the children should know and understand their sexes right from infancy. If the home fails, the society fails.

Teachers must be able to educate adolescents on the changes they are likely to experience and how best they should handle themselves with care. Students must inculcate the habit of learning to respect one another devoid of gender/sexes.

The Union calls on all stakeholders to make Sexuality Education a fixture in our everyday engagement with the youth.

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