Teachers’ Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health Interventions for In-school Adolescents in Nigeria

  • Joshua O Aransiola
  • Sola Asa
  • Patience Obinjuwa
  • Oluseyi Olarewaju
  • Olubukola O Ojo
  • Adesegun O Fatusi

Abstract

High prevalence of early and unprotected sex, resulting in adverse reproductive health outcomes, has been reported among adolescents in Nigeria. While school-based sexual and reproductive health interventions for in-school adolescents is widely recognized, little is known on the kind of involvements desired by teachers and their perceptions of handling students’ reproductive health concerns. In this study, the teachers favoured school-based reproductive health education (RHE), but have divers’ opinions on what should be included in such RHE. Majority was not willing or comfortable in personal counseling of students but can teach RHE in classroom environment. They support the current approach of expelling pregnant school girls. The article advocates for gender-sensitive and developmental-oriented approaches that will ensure rehabilitation and re-integration of pregnant girls into the school system after their delivery, and recommend the need to build teachers skills and promote students-teachers dialogue in order to optimize school environment for addressing ASRH.

Keywords: Adolescent sexuality, In-School Adolescents, Reproductive Health Education

(Afr J Reprod Health 2013; 17[4]: 84-92)

Author Biographies

Joshua O Aransiola
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria; School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape, Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa; Population and Reproductive Health Programme, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Sola Asa
Population and Reproductive Health Programme, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria; Department of Demography and Social Statistics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Patience Obinjuwa
Population and Reproductive Health Programme, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria; Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Oluseyi Olarewaju
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Olubukola O Ojo
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria; Department of Education Foundation and Counselling, Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Adesegun O Fatusi
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria; Department of Community Health, College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Published
2013-12-09
Section
Articles

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