Perceptions of sex education for adolescents in Lesotho

Mturi, Akim J. and Hennink, Monique M. (2005) Perceptions of sex education for adolescents in Lesotho Culture Health and Sexuality, 7, (2), pp. 129-143. (doi:10.1080/13691050412331321285).


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This study aimed to identify the views of young people, parents and teachers concerning sex education in Lesotho. It was conducted at a time when the national government was considering the introduction of Population and Family Life Education, which includes sex education, into the national school curriculum. Forty-six focus group discussions were held with young people (10), parents (30) and teachers (6) to identify current sources of sex education and views of the proposed introduction of school-based sex education in Lesotho. Findings show the limited and problematic sources of sex education for adolescents in Lesotho. They also highlight broad support for the introduction of sex education in the national school curriculum among young people, parents and teachers. Of key importance for the development of a sex education curriculum is the balance between providing young people with information and developing their skills in sexual empowerment and negotiating sexual pressure. The use of pupil-centred interactive pedagogies was seen as essential. Teachers, however, highlighted the need for training in the delivery of sex education, which includes instruction on course materials, teaching methodologies and developing sensitivity to teaching sexual issues to young people.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/13691050412331321285
ISSNs: 1369-1058 (print)
Keywords: sex education, Africa, young people, parents, teachers, Lesotho

ePrint ID: 34726
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Date Deposited: 15 May 2006
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 22:12
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