Saturday, October 8, 2022

Nagaland: Online trg on adolescence education programme

Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) and the Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE), Kohima jointly organised a two-day online training for teachers on Adolescence Education Programme (AEP) on August 25 and 26 in the conference hall of NBSE Kohima.
According to a DIPR report, the two-day sessions comprised of topics including aims and objectives, HIV&AIDS and STI, growing up and adolescence reproductive sexual health, mental health and substance abuse, life skills for HIV prevention and implementation of 16-hour curriculum of AEP.
On the first day, NBSE academic officer Dziesevolie spoke on the need for appropriate information of adolescence education among teachers and efforts from all sections in combating against HIV&AIDS.
The training commenced with the topic on aims and objectives by AD (YA), NSACS K. Puthenhenmei and highlighting the evolution of AEP, methodology and importance of AEP.
DD (IEC), NSACS Thejangunuo Theunuo talked about the basics, transmission and preventive measures in combating HIV&AIDS and myths and misconceptions.
She briefed on the importance of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI).
The last session highlighted the topic “growing up and adolescence reproductive and sexual health” which was explained in a presentation by senior programme manager, Planning, National Health Mission (NHM) Nagaland, Puni Kokho.
He stressed on the importance of making adolescents aware of physical, emotional and social changes that they undergo during the adolescent years and the crucial role of teachers in their formative years.
He also informed about sanitary napkins made available free in schools or at subsidised rates through Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs).
On the second day, session on life skills for HIV prevention was imparted by AD/MM, IEC, NSACS, Chongkoi Khaming, who discussed the importance of life skill approach and goals for adolescents and understanding the 10 core life skills and use of box techniques that would help students address queries anonymously.
On the topic of mental health and substance abuse, senior medical officer, State Mental Health Institute Dr. Viketoulie Pienyu highlighted the importance of mental health and how it affected adolescents and the abuse of substance at young age.
He encouraged the teachers to understand and guide students as they are the right persons who could nip the problem in the bud.
The last session was presented by IEC, NSACS joint director, Metevinuo Sakhrie, who spoke on implementation of 16-hour curriculum in schools.
She said AEP was to equip every adolescent (10-19 years) with information, knowledge and life-skills to protect themselves from HIV infections and manage their concerns pertaining to reproductive and sexual health and that the methodology of AEP was interactive, participatory and based on life-skills.
She encouraged the teachers to conduct sessions on AEP for at least a minimum of 16 hours in one academic year.
Later, K. Puthenhenmei proposed vote of thanks.
It may be mentioned that the training was conducted with an aim to enhance the understanding and skills of teachers to effectively address adolescents at schools and empower them to make healthy choices.
It was conducted for the teachers of high schools and higher secondary schools from all the districts registered under NBSE.
Altogether, 847 participants registered for the training, while a total of 548 participated on the first day and 411 on the second day. School level activities would be conducted after this training in coordination with NBSE.