Savana Signatures, a youth advocacy Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) based in the Northern region, has held a day’s stakeholders’ consultative workshop, to solicit ideas on the successful implementation of Comprehensive Sexuality Education in schools.
The workshop, organised in Tamale, was to reiterate the call for authorities to implement the CSE in schools, which would enhance gender and reproductive health education for young people.
It was attended by religious and traditional leaders, officials from the Ghana Education Service (GES), Ghana Health Service (GHS) and other interest groups, with funding support from Educant, a Netherlands-based NGO.
Bagzaa Naa Alhassan Issahaku Amadu, Chief of Zangbalun Traditional Area, who facilitated the workshop, said young people needed to be given ample education on their Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR), and therefore it was vital for CSE to be implemented in schools.
He said “it is appropriate for us to invest and build capacities of people at all levels to guarantee sustainable development for the children to be nurtured well on their sexual rights to lead chaste lives in their communities”.
Explaining some reproductive health challenges, young people faced in their communities, he said “some parents do not prioritise their children’s sexual health needs and that led to their irresponsible lifestyles”.
Bagzaa Naa Amadu advised parents to provide basic needs for their children and ensure cordial relations between them so that the children could confidently make inputs on their sexual lives.
Alhaji Abdul Rashid Imoro, Programmes Manager for SRHR at Savana Signatures, suggested that children be given adequate enlightenment of SRHR issues for their growth, and stressed on the need for the concept of CSE to be taught in schools.
Participants present at the event took turns to give varied views and suggestions on what must go into a successful implementation of the CSE in schools.