I live in Lesotho in a rural area where the incidence of HIV/AIDs is high. I work with the children of our valley. Education of any sort on HIV/AIDs related topics is very poor. I am starting a children's centre where I hope among other things to provide children with relevant, useful information such as the information outlined below....
It is very important for anyone working with children to 'version' information so that the children they work with understand it well (and its in a form that they can easily share) and that the information is taught in such a way that the children develop skills and the attitudes that work to protect their health and the health of others (for example smaller children they are caring for). And it has to be accurate.......
Although I am not the author of these messages, I would like to voice that any health message needs to be understood and then adapted to the situation it will be used in. Generic messages only have value when interpreted and "translated" by someone who understands the target audience.
We are about implementing HIV and AIDS and sexuality education programme among in school youths in Nigeria. Currently Nigeria is implementing three key strategies among in school youths:
1. Curriculum approach: under this approach sexuality and reproductive health issues are infused into existing subjects and discuss as part of teaching those subjects
2. Community awareness: here selected topics on sexuality and reproductive health issues are discussed during general assemblies, topics chosen for debate and quiz competitions, club activities etc
This discussion raises the immensely important issue of our own participation in action to reduce human rights abuses such as honour killings or female genital mutilation (FGM). I believe that speaking out to condemn such abuses is necessarily accompanied by taking active steps to stop them. This might be individual action (contributing to an organisation which works for victims, speaking on the media, talking to grandmothers in the local community) or action through our own paediatric association. For example, what is the National Paediatric society in Turkey saying about honour killings?