A women’s advocate, Rosemond Obeng, popularly known as people’s mother, spoke to children, teenagers, teachers and parents on the need to prioritise sex education at Alokpem in the Ada East district.
The programme which took place on August 20, 2022, was put together by the Greater Accra National Service Personnel Association.
Students from the junior and senior high schools, together with some parents and teachers as well as chiefs and queens in the Ada East community also graced the occasion.
Rosemond Obeng touched on what had been fundamentally wrong with the sex education approach in Ghana.
She identified the failure to teach children about the names of the private parts of the body for both girls and boys as a worrying cause.
Parents and teachers virtually mention and teach children about parts of their bodies such as hands, legs, nose, etc but shy away from the private parts.
In regards to this, she explained that the effect of the silence culture on the private parts results in misinformation when children and teenagers seek answers from all the wrong places.
Rosemond Obeng admonished parents and teachers to be open-minded and teach children all they need to know from growing up – so that when they start exploring their private parts, they would be knowledgeable to properly understand the dangers of having unprotected sex and most importantly how to indulge in safe sex.
She, therefore, said Ghanaian parents assume high moral standards for their children in the sense that they believe teenagers remain virgins till marriage.
However, this assumption is occasionally false as some children engage in sexual acts even before their adolescent age.