Oct 26, 2015 News
Minister of Education, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine in a recent interview revealed his intentions of enhancing the Health and Family Life Education programme. He related that doing this will more effectively tackle teenage pregnancy.
Roopnaraine admitted that there are several areas of the HFLE programme which needs to be strengthened. One of which is teenage pregnancy as the years have seen many young girls giving up on their education due to their pregnancy. He stated that while the HFLE programme addresses sexual education, more can be done. As such, Roopnaraine vowed to make the necessary adjustments very soon.
The HFLE programme was introduced in 2007 but was officially implemented in 2010 in 30 schools across Guyana. Due to how well-received the project was, it was continued and expanded to 40 more schools.
Since then, the programme has been continuously introduced in nursery, primary and secondary public schools countrywide.
In October, the Ministry of Education along with several private schools collaborated to include the HLFE programme into the school’s curriculum.
The program was said to be borne out of a need to tackle social issues as a result of an increased number of behavioral problems within and outside of the school system.
The programme was also said to have been introduced to help students to become strong leaders, develop critical and analytical minds and to also help with self esteem and problem solving.
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