Nagaland: Online Teacher Training on Teen Education Curriculum | MorungExpress

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Resource people at a two-day online teacher training on the Kohima Teen Education Curriculum.

Kohima, Aug. 29 (MExN): A two-day online teacher training on Adolescence Education Curriculum (AEP) was jointly organized by Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) and Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE) from 25-26 last August at the NBSE Conference Hall, Kohima.

The program was conducted with the aim of improving teachers’ understanding and skills to effectively engage adolescents in schools and empower them to make healthy choices.

The training was delivered to middle and high school teachers from all districts in Nagaland registered with the NBSE.

A total of 847 participants registered for the training, while a total of 548 participated on the first day and 411 on the second day.

The two-day sessions included different topics such as goals and objectives, HIV/AIDS and STIs, sexual and reproductive health of growth and adolescence, mental health and addiction, life skills for HIV prevention and the implementation of the AEP 16-hour program.



“Life Skills for HIV Prevention”
A session on “Life Skills for HIV Prevention” was moderated by Chongkoi Khaming, AD/MM, IEC, NSACS.

She talked about the importance of the life skills approach and goals for adolescents, and understanding the ten basic life skills and using the box technique which would help students to solve their problems and questions anonymously.

Dziesevolie, Academic Officer, underlined the need for appropriate information on the education of adolescents among teachers and the effort of all sections in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Metevinuo Sakhrie, Co-Director, IEC, NSACS briefed participants on the goals of AEP and the importance of providing teachers with the right information which will in turn teach and guide students.

She also talked about the implementation of the 16 hour program in schools.

“EAF should equip every adolescent (10-19 years) with information, knowledge and life skills to protect themselves against HIV infections and manage their reproductive and sexual health concerns and that the methodology of the ‘AEP is interactive, participatory and life-skills based,’ she said.

She also encouraged teachers to attend EAF sessions for at least a minimum of 16 hours during a school year.
K.Puthenhenmei, AD (YA), NSACS highlighted the evolution of AEP, methodology and the importance of AEP for teachers.

Thejangunuo Theunuo, DD (IEC), NSACS spoke about the basics, transmission and preventive measures in the fight against HIV/AIDS and the myths and misconceptions surrounding HIV/AIDS.

She also spoke briefly about the importance of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and also talked about the topic of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

A topic on “Reproductive and Sexual Health of Growth and Adolescence” was explained by Puni Kokho, Senior Program Manager, Planning, National Health Mission, Nagaland.

He cited the importance of making adolescents aware of the physical, emotional and social changes they go through during their teenage years and how the teacher plays a crucial role in their formative years.

He also mentioned the government’s support for the promotion of menstrual hygiene among adolescent girls (10-19 years old) where sanitary pads are made available free of charge in schools or by providing them at a subsidized rate through Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA).



“Mental Health and Addiction”
Speaking on the theme “Mental Health and Addiction”, Dr. Viketoulie Pienyu, Chief Medical Officer of the National Institute of Mental Health, highlighted the importance of mental health and how it affects adolescents, as well than substance abuse at a very young age. as a way to experiment and try due to peer pressure and many other reasons.

He noted that India’s policymakers are also aware of the mental health needs of its citizens and said that for a country to be progressive, its citizens must be mentally healthy.

Unlike other countries, he said, our society is primarily a family care support system and therefore it is important for a family to have proper knowledge about mental illness and to take care of these people with love.

In the meantime, the NSACS has informed that school-level activities will be carried out after this training in coordination with the NBSE.

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