Effectiveness of life skill education in managing adolescent health in schools of Phuentsholing, Bhutan
- 1Phuentsholing Higher Secondary School, Ministry of Education, Chukha, Bhutan
- 2Phuentsholing Higher Secondary School, Ministry of Education, Chukha, Bhutan
Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 7, Issue (4), Pages 13-27, April,2 (2018)
Globally half of the new HIV/AIDS cases are among the age group of 15 to 24 years. Within this group, adolescents are also vulnerable to teenage pregnancies, STIs and HIV infections. This article describes the usefulness of life skill in handling the adolescents health in schools in collaboration with stakeholders. A survey was undertaken to examine the adolescent health knowledge in schools of Phuentsholing. Further to address the result of the initial data, interventions were addresses: peer-helper program and a joint sensitization program using promotional songs and a movie. Majority of early adolescent (10-14yrs) were unaware about adolescent issues, however the other (15-19 yrs) had very little knowledge. Peers were the main supply of information on sexual-health related issues. There is an urgent need to include comprehensive sex-education in school curriculum along with improved adolescent health facilities in the nearest health centre. The evaluation of the program provides valuable knowledge regarding the processes and outcomes that may have application and assessment in future school based sexual health initiatives.
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