More than 200 teachers undergo comprehensive training in health education –

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By Yunus S Saliu

At least 210 teachers are currently being trained under the Comprehensive Health Education (CHE) Trainers Program held at the NaNA complex in Bakau.

Teachers are drawn from lower, upper and upper secondary schools in equal numbers of 70 each of the three categories. It is 12 days of training divided into four days each for each category and it started with the LBS at UBS and finally with the SSS – private and public schools in region one.

The Comprehensive Health Education train-the-trainer program was organized by the Curriculum Research Assessment and Development Branch (CREDD) unit of the Ministry of Higher Basic Education (MoBSE). It is intended to enlighten and educate teachers as it will improve and expand their knowledge of adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH).

The CHE program is part of Strengthening Access to Quality Comprehensive Health Education in The Gambia, an implementation research project carried out by the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) and funded by the International Development Research Center (IDRC). It is intended to enlighten and educate in-school and out-of-school students about adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH).

The more than two hundred participants included male and female teachers from LBS, UBS, SSS and special schools from GOVI, Methodist and St John’s School for the Deaf.

Declaring the ToT workshop open on behalf of Momodou Jeng, Director of CREDD, Mrs. Fatou Dally Bittaye welcomed the trainees and thanked them for being able to attend the training despite their vacation periods. “But you will find the training instructive and interesting especially since we are all concerned, she noted.

She revealed the competence and abilities of the experts to deliver the lectures to the trainees saying “by the end of the training you will be fully armed with the prerequisite knowledge to make an impact on the children in your care”.

CHE, she said, aims to provide children and young people with knowledge, attitudes, rules and values ​​that will allow them to develop a positive view of their sexuality. She added that sexuality is not just the act as there is more to it “and through this training we will also learn more about it as MoBSE is focused on equitable access to education exclusive and the training of teachers is part of the realization of the policy.”

On behalf of the director of CREDD, she thanked the teachers for their broad participation in the training intended to enable them to deepen their knowledge of reproductive health.

Phebian Ina Grant-Sagnia, Principal Researcher of the project Strengthening Access to Quality Comprehensive Health Education for School and Out-of-School Adolescents in Region I, The Gambia, who is also a Principal Health Researcher. The Ministry of Health has expanded on the wide communication gap between parents, teachers and students regarding ASRH.

She stressed the importance of disseminating research results to teachers and urged them to disseminate them wisely, while revealing that training of trainers for teachers is part of the recommendations of stakeholders during their various forums. held with the National Assembly. ; CSOs; directors; among others.

The principal researcher informed the participants that the MoBSE has integrated CHE into the subjects of the curriculum “and some of these subjects are in English; social and environmental studies, integrated sciences; physical and health education; Home Economics and Sciences and Biology among others.

Teacher training is not limited to just teachers but to students, as well as Gambia College, School of Education and Initial Education teachers who come to school.

Speakers for the training included relevant reproductive health experts from UTG, the Ministry of Health, NGOs, CSOs and the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education.

Dr Marena, one of the trainers, encouraged the trainee teachers to take the program very seriously as they are teachers dealing with young people who will become adults in the future.



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