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Kids Taught Life Skills To Remove Stigma Of HIV

Times of India
29 September 2010
By Karthika Gopalakrishnan
Chennai, India

For a group of students in Dr Ambedkar Government Higher Secondary School, Egmore, a life skills training session yielded some surprising insights – an adolescent boy picked out the label of a female reproductive part for a male anatomy chart, while a girl who went ahead of him was clueless about the chart itself.

While providing a touch of humour, the activity underlined the need for students to be educated about the functioning of their own bodies. Organised by the Directorate of Teacher Education, Research and Training (DTERT) in association with TANSACS (Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society) here on Tuesday, the two–day life skills training module is part of an ongoing initiative to train 20,000 school teachers and educate 20,000 students belonging to classes 9 and 11 from 10,000 schools on life skills.

Designed to serve as an allround module, the programme intends to make students aware of issues such as gender sensitivity, Sex Education, adolescent and reproductive health, child abuse and HIVAIDS. "Our programme is designed to help students understand these messages through allegorical activities. The main purpose of this programme is to make them aware," said R Elangovan, director, DTERT. Carried out by lecturers from the District Institutes of Education and Training (DIET), the programme is being executed in three phases with representatives from 10 districts each.

For instance, an activity to make students understand the need for maturity before consenting to a physical relationship involves a race between two students to fill a water bottle. "Carried away by their urge to win, the students may forget to pay attention to the amount of water wasted in the process.

We use this to draw a parallel and tell students that it is important that they should not get carried away by their physical desire as it could end up affecting their future. If girls are not careful and end up pregnant, it can affect their standing in society," an official associated with the project said.

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The two–day life skills training module is part of an ongoing initiative to train 20,000 school teachers and educate 20,000 students belonging to classes 9 and 11 from 10,000 schools on life skills The programme intends to make students aware of issues such as gender sensitivity, Sex Education, adolescent and reproductive health, child abuse and HIVAIDS

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