General News of Friday, 4 July 1997
Accra (GAR), July 3, Professor John S. Nabila, Head of the Population Impact Project, University of Ghana, Legon today said Family Life Education (FLE) should be given high priority in the school curicula to help reduce the incidence of teenage pregnancy and to educate adolescents on their reproductive health. He said age-appropriate sexuality education will help empower the youth especially girls. It will also educate them on the dangers associated with early sex and encourage them to delay sexual activity. This was contained in a paper on ''Adolescent Reproductive Health: An analysis of the Ghanaian Situation which was presented on his behalf at a forum on Population issues organised by Population Communication alumni of the Ghana Institute of Journalism at the Press Centre in Accra. Human attitudes and behaviour are formed early in life and sex education, Prof. Nabila said, has greater impact when it is targeted at a young audience. He said problems associated with adolescent sexuality and reproductive health are enormous and called for comprehensive policy interventions that would encourage family life education, youth counselling and youth involvement in programmes designed for them.