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Sexuality education in Ghana’s schools: some answers to ‘when’ and ‘what’

Sexuality education in Ghana’s schools: some answers to ‘when’ and ‘what’

April 11, 2021 4.24am EDT Sexual and reproductive health education is a key component in a multifaceted. approach to address the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents. Sexuality education is not a new phenomenon in formal curricula. Sweden, a country credited as the fountain of modern sexuality education programmes , has provided this form of education for more than a century. Diverse forms of sexuality education have existed for several years in many African countries too, albeit informally.

Now prefixed with “ comprehensive ” , sexuality education is a curriculum-based process of teaching and learning about the cognitive, emotional, physical and social aspects of sexuality. It aims to equip children and young people with knowledge, skills, attitudes and values aimed at helping them in life.

The accepted path for doing this is by providing learners with information that is scientifically correct, appropriate to their age and development and sensitive to local cultures as well as legal provisions.

But how does this translate into the curriculum of schools? One or another element of sexuality education has been taught in Ghanaian schools since before independence in 1957. Taught under different nomenclature, […]

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