AIDS Health Care Foundation tasks NCC on Digital Age-Appropriate Comprehensive Sexuality and Health Education
An NGO AIDS Health Care Foundation (AHF), on Friday tasked the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) on access to age-appropriate Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and health interventions through digital empowerment for youths.
AHF gave the task during a visit to the NCC Digital Economy Department in Abuja in commemoration of the 2023 International Day of the African Child (IDAC), with a theme, “Switched Up CSE Access through digital empowerment’’.
Dr Echey Ijezie, Country Program Director, AHF Nigeria said the visit was to look at how the eight pillars of the National Digital Economy Policy (NDEP) will address the challenges of young people in supporting a digital environment that is sensitive to age appropriate comprehensive sexuality education.
“ Youths are empowered with the appropriate knowledge, skills of assertiveness and understanding for them to feel the perils and all issues that they might arise as they grow older in the society.
“ Comprehensive sexuality education is important as long as it is age appropriate and comprehensive to empower the youths and make them understand what the facts are and live fulfilled lives that is risk free.
“This is the main advocacy and we are looking at different platforms to disseminate these informations that it will form parts of conversation, education for the youths to be enlightened.
“Many of them need to be informed about some of these things that they hear, see and because they have access to different devices and sources of information, so it is important to educate them so make informed decisions.
“If information is hidden from the youths and they find it from other means, which may be wrong. So we are trying to make sure that the information given to them is appropriate, correct and useful to them,’’ he said.
Also, Mr Steve Aborisade, Advocacy and Marketing Manager, AHF Nigeria, highlighted the need to equip youths with appropriate knowledge to make informed decision about their reproductive and health rights.