The National Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ) has called for concerted efforts in promoting Comprehensive Se_xuality Education in schools.
NAQEZ Executive Director, Aaron Chansa said issues of se_xual education are very important among young people, especially school going children.
Mr Chansa explained that teaching pupils on such issues will help to prevent cases of early pregnancies and other negative vices adding that pupils will be well informed on se_xuality.
He said this during a capacity building workshop on Comprehensive Se_xuality Education for teachers from across Northern Province held in Kasama district.
Mr Chansa further disclosed that NAQEZ has entered into a partnership with the Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia(PPAZ) to help empower teachers with knowledge on Comprehensive Se_xuality Education.
“We are happy that we have a new partner on board who will help make implementation of Comprehensive Se_xuality Education a success. We need to teach our pupils on sexuality because these are things that are happening in society hence the need to find best ways of tackling them,” he said.
Mr Chansa has also dispelled misconceptions surrounding the promotion of se_xuality education as espoused by some quarters in communities.
“Comprehensive Se_xuality Education is not encouraging pupils to indulge in se_x, but it educates them on ways of preventing themselves from engaging in vices that can lead to unplanned pregnancies,” Mr Chansa said.
And PPAZ Programmes Officer In-Charge of Youth and Governance, Sitabiso Moyo said the partnership is aimed at equipping teachers with skills and knowledge on how they can counsel pupils on se_xuality education.
Mr Moyo added that having a generation of youths who have accurate information on issues concerning sexuality is key in having a well-informed generation.
“We want young people to have information that will help them leave a healthy life,” he noted
Mr Moyo has since called on participants of the workshop to share the acquired knowledge so that the community can have a good understanding on Comprehensive Se_xuality Education.
Meanwhile, Amanda Banda who spoke on behalf of the teachers has emphasized the need to teach pupils about se_xuality education.
“Pupils need to be taught how to make informed decision of matters relating to sexuality,” said Ms Banda
She explained that educating young people on s_exuality will greatly help to reduce vices that lead to teenage pregnancies and early marriages.
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