Tuesday 22 October, 2019

HIV/AIDS Commission helping first formers transition

Representative from the Ministry of Education, Cyralene Willoughby, said the Ministry is an integral part of the programme and that they remain committed to seeing programmes like it work in harmony with the Ministry’s policy on HIV/AIDS for the education sector.

Representative from the Ministry of Education, Cyralene Willoughby, said the Ministry is an integral part of the programme and that they remain committed to seeing programmes like it work in harmony with the Ministry’s policy on HIV/AIDS for the education sector.

Without preparation many new students to secondary schools are unable to avoid some of the pitfalls that come with being in such an environment, and their transition may not be as smooth as many expect.

It is with that understanding that the Transition to Secondary School Programme was undertaken by the HIV/AIDS Commission, to ensure that those entering first form at secondary school are equipped with the skills to make a successful transition.

Dubbed T2S, the programme which is a half-day session seeks to cover five topics: Drug Awareness, Bullying and Conflict, HIV/STI Prevention, Gender Issues and Human Sexuality.

The third installation of T2S started recently with an orientation session for guidance counselors and principals.

Addressing the ceremony Ministry of Education Representative, Cyralene Willoughby, said the Ministry is an integral part of the programme and that they remain committed to seeing programmes like T2S work in harmony with the Ministry’s policy on HIV/AIDS for the education sector.

“Having been a part of and listened to the observations made by counselors, I have encouraged a review and revision of some aspects,” she stated.

Willoughby says it is crucial that children are molded to be educated individuals who can make sensible decisions when the numerous challenges confront them.

She believes that how children are educated and socialized not only frames their future but that of the entire nation, noting that the Ministry of Education has been encouraged to be supportive of the programme because of the troubling trends plaguing the Barbados society.

Organizers stress that the initiative is important in addressing these particular issues, as many of the children going into first form may experience challenges such as bullying, pressure to have sex and exposure to drugs and alcohol.

 

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