By Christabel Addo, GNA
Aug. 15, GNA - Parents of refugees who are attending a three-day training programme
on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), have admitted to their initial
ignorance of adolescents' sexuality needs.
They said the
training has enhanced their knowledge and widened their scope of understanding
on why their adolescent children behave the way they do.
Marie Api, a Parent from the said group, said she never took the pain to learn
about adolescent sexuality because she did not have any from her parents.
This she said,
cost her a great deal when growing up as a young girl, as she faced several
challenges, hence her decision to become a peer educator in her community.
a lot of work for us parents to be done because, now there are a lot of things
happening to our children and they need our support and guidance. Sex has
become a big issue especially for our girls and with the right education we can
help them otherwise we will lose them," she said.
however attributed the widespread social challenges currently being faced by
the youth to the lack of education and proper parental guidance regarding
comprehensive knowledge of their sexuality, saying majority of parents like
herself never had the opportunity of knowing how their bodies worked and the
changes at the time.
Programme, which is being organised by the United Nations Population Fund
(UNFPA) and the UN Agency for Refugees (UNHCR), with funding from the Canadian
Government, seeks to empower some selected youth and parents from refugee camps
in the Central, Western, Bono and Greater Accra Regions, on Comprehensive
Sexuality Education (CSE), the use of Interactive theatre and Parent-Child
This would provide
participants with the required information, education and skills to become
trainers and peer educators in their respective communities to complement
existing programmes and interventions by institutions such as the Ghana Health
Mr Zouhou Dieudonne,
also a participating in the Parent group, said he has been a Peer Educator in
the Agyeikrom Refugee Camp in the Central Region, for some time now, however
the present training served as a booster to his knowledge on Parent-Child
communication, to be able to expand support to adolescent children in his area,
to overcome some of the challenges they faced.
He thanked the
organisers and sponsors for their support, and called for the sustainability of
Earlier in the
day, Ms Juliana Bola, a 22-year old lady from the Fertenta Refugee camp in the
Bono Region, also admitted that CSE was crucial for adolescents as it provided
them with the required information on their right to the required services to
make informed choices and decisions.
She spoke about
the need for adolescents to have access to Family Planning services including
my West African Senior Secondary Examination (WASSE) without some of my friends
because they got pregnant and couldn't continue their education," she
Ms Bola said
with the training she was receiving now, she could boldly help her community by
mentoring others to sustain education and support especially her peers to
regain control over their lives.