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Teachers trained on adolescence education programme

Nagaland News

Dimapur, September 16: Training of school teachers on the Adolescence Education Programme (AEP) was conducted on September 12 and 15. The training was jointly organized by the Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) and the Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE) with the aim of enhancing the understanding and skills of teachers to effectively address adolescents in schools and empower them to make healthy choices. The training was conducted for teachers from high schools and higher secondary schools in all the districts of Nagaland registered under NBSE.
On September 12, the training for teachers from the districts of Kohima and Tseminyu was conducted at the Red Cross Society conference hall in Kohima attended by participants from 58 schools, while online training for the rest of the districts was conducted on September 15 attended by 399 participants.
Asano Sekhose, chairman of NBSE, encouraged the teachers to consider the mental health and challenges faced by students as important subjects. She emphasized that teachers are the primary sources to address and help students understand the various physical and psychological changes they go through during adolescence. She also encouraged teachers to conduct school-level activities on the topic of HIV/AIDS to ensure that students have correct information and knowledge about it.
The training began with a detailed presentation on “Growing up and adolescence reproductive and sexual health” by Puni Kokho, Senior Programme Manager, Planning, National Health Mission, Nagaland. He emphasized the importance of making adolescents aware of the physical, emotional, and social changes they undergo during adolescence and highlighted the crucial role teachers’ play during their formative years. He also mentioned the Government’s support for promoting menstrual hygiene among adolescent girls (aged 10-19 years) by providing free sanitary napkins in schools or offering them at a subsidized rate through Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA).
Addressing the topic of “Mental health and substance abuse,” Suyimtenla Jamir, Clinical Psychologist, Tele MANAS Cell, State Mental Health Institute Kohima, stressed the importance of mental health wellness and strategies to promote a healthier childhood. She discussed the various factors, including environmental, psychological, hereditary, and biological, that can contribute to the risk of mental illness among children. Regarding substance abuse, she mentioned that adolescents often start experimenting with alcohol and drugs at a young age due to peer pressure. She encouraged teachers to educate students about the government services available and to contact the child helpline number 1098 for assistance.
Regarding the topic of “HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Act 2017,” Metevinuo Sakhrie, Joint Director (IEC & MS) NSACS and Thejangunuo Theunuo, Deputy Director (IEC), NSACS, discussed the various sections of the Act and explained how defaulters could be penalized with fines and imprisonment. It was also mentioned that Nagaland state has an ombudsman with complaint officers in various state offices.
On the subject of “Basics of HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI),” Dr. M.C. Longai Phom, Joint Director (STI), NSACS, and Thejangunuo Theunuo, Deputy Director (IEC), NSACS, discussed the routes of HIV transmission and preventive measures against HIV/AIDS. They addressed myths and misconceptions surrounding HIV/AIDS and emphasized the importance of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) for People Living with HIV/AIDS. They also discussed the prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) in society.
The training was moderated by K. Puthenhenmei, Assistant Director (Youth Affairs), NSACS, who also highlighted the activities conducted by different schools across the state as part of school-level HIV/AIDS awareness initiatives.
(Page News Service)

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