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Home > Activity Reports > GPI Calabar Impact Assessment of Sexuality, Family Life and HIV&AIDS Educations in Public Secondary Schools of Cross River State

This study examined the level of impact of Sexuality, Family Life and HIV&AIDS Education (SFLHE) curriculum implementation in public secondary schools in Cross River State. This assessment was done with emphasis on impact on knowledge, attitudes and practices of students, teachers and other stakeholders. It also focused on challenges that militated against effective implementation during the period under review. The study adopted survey research design. Validated instruments used for the study include questionnaire, key informant interview guides and focus group discussion guidelines. The study was conducted in 6 local government areas (LGAs) across three senatorial zones in the state. Participants used in the study include 720 students, 48 teachers and 24 principals purposively selected from 24 public secondary schools across the state. Findings of the study revealed that SFLHE programme implementation by Girls’ Power Initiative in collaboration with Cross River State Ministry of Education has been successful and has significantly and specifically improved participants’ knowledge, created positive attitudes and changed the practices of the target population. From findings, students and teachers in schools where SFLHE was fully implemented are more knowledgeable on the subject matter, have more positive attitudes, have better health seeking behavior and personal hygiene. Additionally, school communities that benefitted from SFLHE programme have witnessed reduced cases teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, school drop-out rate, cultism and improved environmental sanitary conditions. The study revealed that the implementation process had myriad of challenges such as inadequate SFLHE study materials, instructional delivery aids like projectors, films, sound system; limited duration for SFLHE instruction and peer education activities; misinformation from internet, television, and social media; and inadequate funding. It was recommended among others that stakeholders should rise up to these challenges by providing adequate SFLHE textbooks and instructional aids.