Proper Education Of Students Will Reduce HIV/AIDS Prevalence

October 30, 2012

Ekiti State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Dr Eniola Ajayi has said that proper education of school pupils would help reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Ajayi who made this assertion while declaring open a training programme organised for teachers on family life and HIV education, stressed the need for teachers, parents and other relevant stakeholders to educate their children and wards.
Dr Ajayi explained that the training programme was designed to strengthen the capacity of teachers to impact knowledge on pupils in upper primary schools and students in secondary schools about the dangers inherent in HIV/AIDs.

The commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs Bimpe Aderiye noted that the Family Life and HIV Education (FLHE) was introduced by the Global Fund International in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education to step up efforts at combating the spread of the dreaded disease among youths of school age.
Noting that subjects including Integrated Science, Physical and Health Education, Home Economics and Social Studies could be used as an avenue to implement family and HIV education, Ajayi stressed the need for participants to use the opportunity provided by the workshop to deliberate and find out how best to impact on their pupils .

According to her, HIV/AIDs is a disease that ravages  the human race like wide fire which is spreading amongst students due to their untoward attitude to sex.
She complained that no stone must be left unturned towards changing the faulty orientation in order to achieve a better future.
The Programme Manager of Ekiti State AIDS Control Agency, Dr. Doherty Charles commended the Ekiti State Ministry of Education for their consistent support in combating the scourge of HIV/AIDs in the state.
Dr. Doherty who noted that fund for campaign against the menace had reduced called on government to ensure sustainability of the programme.
One of the participants, Mrs. Akintomide Tolulope from Eleyo High School, Ikere-Ekiti described the programme as an eye opener and advised government to make it a regular programme.

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