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Members of the Health Promotion Team, in the Guidance and Counselling Unit, Ministry of Education, will host their second National Sexuality and Reproductive Health Expo, at the National Arena, in Kingston, on Wednesday, February 11.
“The Ministry has once again partnered with some of our non- governmental organizations (NGOs), to host what we call a National Sexuality and Reproductive Health Expo, entitled, ‘Nuh linga, nuh badda do it, sweep weh sex or make a proper flex’. What we are trying to do, is promote abstinence among our student population, primarily for students in fourth, fifth and sixth forms, that is, abstinence and safer sexual practices among students between 13 and 18 years of age,” National Co-ordinator of the HIV/AIDS Education Programme, in the Ministry, Christopher Graham, told JIS News.
The health expo will feature a number of educational and stimulating activities.
“We intend to provide age appropriate information, specific to HIV and AIDS, substance abuse and general sexual reproductive health. We are going to be having condom demonstrations, sexual health and sex appreciation workshops, and counselling services,” he noted, adding that several partners would be present.
“We will be having a number of our NGO partners, such as the National Family Planning Board, the National Council on Drug Abuse, Children’s First, Rise Life Management Services, and Women’s Media Watch, to interact with the students,” Mr. Graham said.
The National Co-ordinator also pointed out that one of the more exciting aspects of the expo, would be the interaction with some well known entertainers.
“A critical feature of the event is the interaction with artistes. We are going to be having rap sessions with these artistes, primarily to empower young people, specifically our young girls, as it relates to their own sexual reproductive health. We are going to be having artistes from the RE TV School Tour, Tanya Stephens, and Cecile. Quite a number of them are coming on board with us this year to interact with, and engage students in a meaningful way,” he said.
Registration ends on Tuesday, February 10, and interested schools are being reminded that they can call the Guidance and Counselling Unit at the Ministry, to confirm their attendance.