Changes in Knowledge and Attitudes among Junior Secondary Students Exposed to the Family Life and HIV Education Curriculum in Lagos State, Nigeria

  • AO Esiet
  • U Esiet
  • S Philliber
  • WW Philliber
Keywords: Education, Youth, Nigeria

Abstract

To address the needs of young people in Lagos State, Nigeria, for information about family life and HIV, the Lagos State Ministry of Education, in collaboration with Action Health Incorporated, began to
offer the Family Life and HIV Education Curriculum in government junior secondary schools in 2003. Knowledge and attitudes were measured in a sample of 1,366 students in Lagos State, Nigeria, in November 2004, at the beginning of the school year, and again in July 2005 after receiving a year of the Family Life and HIV Education Curriculum. Students exposed to the curriculum significantly increased knowledge of sexuality and HIV, support for abstinence, and gender role equality (Afr J Reprod Health
2009; 13[3]:37-46).
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