AIDS has been posing a great threat worldwide, this has been so since the 1920s. This threat is ever-increasing with young people and children already being placed at risk. The sad thing is, more and more young people are now becoming more sexually active. This has raised the risks of contracting the virus.
While some would argue that discipline should begin with families (the family being the basic unit of the society), still, it pays to put a second line of defense. Schools play a major role in keeping the youth well-informed about HIV/AIDS. This institution is supposed to help prevent the [further] spread of the virus.
There has to be an education policy, one that is non-discriminatory, and one that provides the necessary support for other organizations (e.g. government agencies, private companies, and ministries).
Schools should offer advisory services at different levels and should focus on teaching prevention.
It matters that the current curricula be altered to include HIV/AIDS topics. There is a need for the younger generation to analyze and receive counsel about the current situation. This generation must also be taught about the stigma that comes with the disease and why they should not ostracize someone they know that might already have the illness.
Teacher training is also necessary. Before they are able to effectively teach their students about AIDS prevention, educators must first have a change-of-heart. Teachers have the power to counsel students individually and decrease the aforementioned stigma on AIDS.
The altered curriculum must also have relevant educational approaches that will foster initiative among educators and the youth. The activities must be culturally as well as linguistically appropriate. As much as possible, parents must be involved in the process of HIV/AIDS prevention.
Controlling Pandemic through Education
The school administrators, counselors, teachers and parents could all join hands in imparting knowledge as well as the development of skills that will enable the youth to make informed choices about their reproductive and sexual health.
Materials must be funded and distributed in abundance. School counselors should be on standby when it comes to giving better advice even if the student asks about sex. Helping the students have a healthy sense of confidence can empower them in addressing problems more effectively. These youth, in turn, do not turn to unprotected sex or drugs for answer.
Schools can also actively combat violence, harassment and sexual abuse. They must instill security measures as well as protocols in behavior that will protect youth’s rights.
The school can also reduce female discrimination in school. Through the proper enforcement of practices and policies, gender equality should topple discrimination and provide equal access to legal frameworks.
Peer education can also be established so, yes, controlling the spread of AIDS is not limited to the distribution of condoms in public high schools. There is so much more that can be done to curb the pandemic that’s known as AIDS.
As a mother, I vow to support sex and reproductive health programs that will be implemented in schools. I will collaborate with school authorities in fortifying my own young against communicable diseases especially HIV/AIDS.
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