JOHANNESBURG – Today the Department of Basic Education (DBE) will visit the Limpopo Province and begin with their training workshops on adolescent sexual and reproductive health education.
According to the department of Basic education, it has been facing HIV crisis and its report has an increased infection rate among learners which is estimated at 2 000 per week among girls and young women between the ages of 15 and 24 years.
The programme forms part of its newly-implemented national policy on HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and Tuberculosis (TB) which was approved on 2017.
The purpose of the programme is to provide Learners, Educators, School Support Staff and Officials in all Primary and Secondary Schools with the relevant information on the dangers of HIV and sexually transmitted infections.
In a statement, the department will offer young people with the knowledge, skills and efficacy to make informed decisions about their sexuality and lifestyles, and has been identified as a game changer to accelerating HIV prevention in South Africa.
The Department aims to facilitate access to social welfare and health services, including Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services.
The education Minister Angie Motshekga , encourages all educators, learners, officials and key stakeholders to familiarise themselves with the various components of the DBE HIV and TB Policy as this will enable them to effectively support its implementation on the ground.
“We further urge parents and the community to partake in parental and community dialogues in their respective locations and to continue engaging in crucial conversations with their children on sexual and reproductive health,’’ Motshekga said.