Engage more parents in sexuality education

Yussif Ibrahim, GNA

Kumasi, Oct. 30, GNA
– Participants at a two-day workshop on Parent-Child Communication on Sexuality
Education, have called for a deliberate effort to target parents in the
implementation of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in schools and the
community level.

They said the
content of the CSE was not inimical to the development of young people
especially children in schools and that the involvement of parents, as critical
stakeholders, would ensure its successful implementation.   

They said if parents
become conversant with the content of the CSE, through effective sensitization,
it would produce more effective results since parents spend more time with
their children.

The workshop,
attended by parents with adolescent children, was to build capacities of
participants on how to effectively communicate with their children on their
sexual and reproductive health.

It was organized by
the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Ghana with funding from the Canadian

Participants were
taken through topics such as parent and child communication techniques, sexual
and gender-based violence, sexually transmitted infections as well as values
and societal norms.

During an open
forum, all the participants were unanimous that parents should not be left out of
the CSE implementation in order to achieve the desired results.

They applauded the
UNFPA for leading such a worthy cause and called on all stakeholders to support
the implementation for the common good of the young.

Some of them who
spoke to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of the workshop said they
had a different opinion about the CSE prior to the workshop, but were now
convinced that it was in the interest of both parents and children.

Mrs Diana Asamoah,
one of the participants from Buokrom in Kumasi, said the knowledge she acquired
at the workshop would not benefit only her household but her entire
neighbourhood, as she would take advantage of social gatherings to educate
young people on the their sexuality.

Mr Emmanuel Ocran, a
parent of a physically-challenged adolescent, said he was now well-equipped to
educate his daughter on how to protect herself from anyone who may want to take
advantage of her.

He expressed the
hope that more parents with disabled children would benefit from such training
adding that it was very rewarding.

Dr Abraham Nyarko, a
Communication consultant, who facilitated the training, said it is imperative
for parents to start talking to their children about sexuality and reproduction
before they start dating.

He said parents must
avoid negative forms of communication which could plant seeds of mistrust and
low self-esteem in children.

Children who feel
loved and accepted by their parents, he said, are more likely to open up and
share their thoughts, feelings and concerns with their parents.