Gabon: opening of the workshop on the National Consultation on Sexual Health Education

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This Wednesday April 28 opened in Libreville a national consultation workshop on sexual and reproductive health education for students. During this meeting, it is a question of collecting substantive recommendations from the various stakeholders with a view to strengthening sexuality and reproduction education for young people, a pledge of a solution to the many related ailments such as pregnancies. early, dsexual abuse, especially in schools.

This two-day workshop, since Wednesday April 28, brings together representatives of the ministries of National Education, Health, Social Affairs and the Promotion of Women, Justice, Culture, UN bodies (Unesco, WHO, UNFPA, Onusida, CEEAC), youth associations and civil society, reports the Gabonese Press Agency (AGP).

It aims to collect substantive recommendations from stakeholders, in order to strengthen education in sexual and reproductive health for the protection of adolescents and young people in Gabon. According to the AGP, it revolves around the review and validation of country data and findings on the situation of adolescents and young people. Ultimately, it will be a question of proposing recommendations for the development of a roadmap to be adopted in order to solve the problem of sexual health education in West and Central Africa.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFP) estimates that with limited knowledge of their own body, adolescents enter sex life without first having received any preparation, thus exposing themselves to all health-related problems. sexual and reproductive. ” There is a need to carry out prevention and awareness actions in schools », Underlined Dr. Patricia Keba, Assistant to the Resident Representative of UNFPA in Gabon, during a workshop to review the curriculum for sexual and reproductive health education in secondary school in 2018. Comments supported today by the Minister in charge of National Education, Prof. Patrick Mouguiama Daouda, who suggested that the current workshop could provide answers to the many problems of sexuality facing young people. “ The problems of managing sexuality among young people remain topical. They affect the lives of our children. We must provide a response proportional to the challenges to be met and redouble our efforts, pool our resources and adjust our strategies for more efficiency. », Declared Pr. Patrick Mouguiama Daouda.

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