Ogun Emerges Second Best NFLHE State0
Ogun State has emerged the second best among the 36 states of the Federation in the just released 2009-2011 National Family Life HIV/AIDS Education (NFLHE) Curriculum Implementation Assessment result.
Speaking Wednesday in Abeokuta while receiving desktop computers from the FLHE unit of the Ministry, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in the State, Barrister Segun Odubela indicated that the
development was a result of government’s commitment towards sensitizing, training, enlightening and awareness programme on FLHE projects in the state.
Barrister Odubela noted that the government had been
unrelenting in its stride to reduce the spread of the deadly virus among students through training and enlightenment programmes.
“Over 35,000 secondary school students had been reached with classroom teaching of FLHE projects since May 2011 in the state with Minimum Prevention Package Intervention (MPPI). This is in addition to about 1,500 peer Educators trained and eventually formed into anti-AIDS Clubs in 75 secondary schools in the State during the same period” Odubela remarked.
While observing that the HIV prevalence rate in the State was 3.1% with young people aged between 15-29 years highly affected, the Commissioner added that between 2011 and now, more than 700 teachers have been trained to effectively educate the young ones.
“It is our believe that when young people are enlightened properly about sexuality and reproductive health, it will positively affect the way they reason, the way they believe and indeed the way they decide on critical issues that may positively affect their lives”, the Commissioner pointed out.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Alhaji Ambali Ishola, represented by the Director, Education Support Services, Mrs. Folashade Oresegun said the feat was made possible through the assistance received from the Federal Ministry of Education,
Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), United Nations population Fund (UNFPA), Global Fund, World Bank credit, Ogun SACA and the State Government.
He stressed that the FLHE curriculum was specially designed and implemented for public, private primary and secondary schools in the State to reduce the spread of HIV to the barest minimum.