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K'dua Sectech Network School Magazine
" EDUCATE FOR SERVICE "

THE NEED TO INTRODUCE

SEX EDUCATION

TO TEENAGERS IN GHANA



T he main aim of education is to prepare the individual for life. If this statement is justified, then sex education, which plays a significant role in the life of the individual, should be introduced at an early age.

To start with, introduction of sex education to the youngsters will go a long way to assist them to have knowledge about Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) such as Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome(AIDS) .

Additionally, with sex education, teenagers will become aware of the symptoms and effetcts of such venereal diseases and even some means by which the disease can be cured or prevented.

Futher more, with the introduction of sex education to teenagers, biological knowledge of sexual habits of man will be imparted to the children. This helps to reduce the child's curiosity and asking certain unpleaseant questions which can embarrass adults. Besides, the introduction of sex education to our teenagers will enlighten them on their "safe periods" as well as the use of contraceptives as a means of birth control method. It is no doubt that many youngsters become mothers as a result of lack of knowledge about certain biological changes, which occur in theur bodies. On this note, the introduction of sex education to them is laudable.

To add to the above with the declaration of sex education to the teenagers, the idea that sex is a taboo and should not be discuss in public will be reduced. Instead, they will get to know the dos and don'ts about life. Another important role which the introduction of sex education to the young ones will play is that, it will prepare them for sound future marriages. Most marriages are now on the rocks owing to the couples' paucity of knowledge in sex education. Hence, with the introduction of sex education to the young ones before marriage, this problem will be allayed.

Finally, sex education will help teenagers to be aware of sexual problems like impotence. This is because when they are educated on sex, they get to know of how these organs function. As a result, any sign of malfunctions in their sexual organs will be detected and treated early enough so as to avoid any disaster in the future.

From the above, it is needless for anybody to argue that sex education should not be introduced to teenagers.

By : John Kwabena Kumi
Koforidua Sectech.


TEENAGE PREGNANCY


T eenage pregnancy is a situation whereby a girl between the ages of 11 to 19 becomes pregnant.

Teenage pregnancy has become a social cancer facing governments around the world and Ghana in particular.

Teenagers who indulge in promiscuous sexual activities become pregnant. This may be as a result of broken homes and financial crisis among others.

Marriages which break up may lead teenagers born out of those marriages to indulge themselves ignorantly in pre-marrital sex since they lack the basic love, care and education from parents who have parted and take no responsibility of them.

Financial crisis due to weak background or high cost of living may may force teenagers whose parents cannot afford the high cost of living to engage in prostitution as the only of income. They may become pregnant without knowing the father of the baby. With the fear of beign stigmatized by the situation, they may sort to all ways of aborting the pregnancy which may cause injuries, diseases or even death in the process. Those who will be able to deliver their babies may drop out of schol to care for their babies.

Many of them do not resume their education on the account of the stigma they have brought to themselves. Such girls may not be able to learn any trade or vocation. This may force many young girls of school going age to become potters or "kayaye" on the streets and market centers with their babies.

These young girls may be homeless and may be forced to sleep in kiosks, varranders or at market centers with their innocent babies who may suffer from malnutrition, sickness or even death. With the high cost of living, some of these girls may be forced to throw their babies away or even kill them which is against the ten commandments of God and a cruel act against humanity.

To end it, I would like to remind my fellow teenagers that the Ghanaian society continues to chersh chastity before marriage and frowns upon pre-marrital sex. Therefore I will urge them not to allow western culture to influence them or copy it blindly. They should also not allow the causes of teenage pregnancy. discussed above, force them into such situations.

The school had a lot of infrastructural development during theLet us all help fight against this social cancer and make Ghana a better place for all of us.

Thank you.

Otis Kafui Tsekpo
Koforidua Sectech
F.L.E.C.




A MESSAGE OF PEACE

There are moments in life when you miss someone so much that you just want to pick them up from your dreams and hug them for real.

When the door of happiness closes, another opens; but often at times we look so long at the closed door that we don't see the one which has been opened for us.

Don't go for looks; they can deceive. Don't go for wealth; even that fades away.

Go for someone who makes you smile. Dream what you want to dream; go where you want to go; be what you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trails to make you strong, enough sorrows to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

The brightest future will always be based on forgotton past, you can't go forward in life untill you let go your past failures and heartaches. When you were born you were crying and every body around you was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you will be the one smiling and everyone around you will be crying.

Compiled By:
Eric Aboagye Dacosta and Richard Darko
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