Family Planning offers to support a comprehensive HFLE program in schools

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Family Planning offers to support a comprehensive HFLE program in schools

The Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago (FPATT) is calling on the  Government to introduce an integrated comprehensive health and family life education  program for students attending schools across the country and is extending a hand in  partnership to support its implementation. 

Responding to reports of videos circulating on social media on November 6th which  showed students at a secondary school in south Trinidad dancing suggestively, Family  Planning Executive Director, Ava Rampersad said the situation presents the opportunity  for stakeholders to come together to develop further and implement an integrated  comprehensive health and family life education program for young people today. 

“We are not here to point fingers and lay blame,” Rampersad said.

“We are here to identify  solutions and to work in partnership with other stakeholders towards a shared goal, that  being the physical and emotional well-being of our young people. As upper secondary  school students return to a live school environment, we want to capitalize on the  opportunity now to work together to bridge the gap between teenage confusion and  exploration and adult understanding and guidance.” 

Rampersad said a strategic, forward thinking, non-judgmental approach to sexuality  education can help to reduce the risk of unsafe sexual behaviours among youth, and  consequently reduce sexually transmitted infections, unwanted teenage pregnancies,  unsafe abortions and/ or poor maternal health.  

Indicating the Association’s willingness to work with the Ministries of Education and  Health and other civil society groups to implement such a program, Rampersad said, “We  have to break the cycle of unequipped and unprepared youth making adult decisions and  taking actions that can have long term consequences, not just on their lives but on others.”

In the meantime, Rampersad also had this message for parents of pre-teens and  teenagers: “We must come together to bring about positive change. We all want a healthy  population. We all want our young people to feel safe. If you, as parent, are uncertain and  need help, please reach out to us at the Family Planning Association and you can access  some of the services we offer.” 

November 9th 2021