Sub-Saharan Africa: Launch of research book: Old Enough to Know

Children in sub-Saharan Africa are highly aware of the sexualised world they live in and are at dire risk falling pregnant or contracting HIV/Aids or both as teenagers if they are treated as mere innocents, a recent Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and Cambridge University study has found.

-Excerpt- [Sharlene Swartz, research director of Human and Social development at HSRC] was speaking after the launch of the sex education book Old Enough to Know in Pretoria on Monday. The book is based on work by researchers from the HSRC, Cambridge University, and the Aga Khan University in Tanzania who analysed the sources and content of pupils’ community-based sexual knowledge and how these interact with sex and Aids education programmes in schools.

The research was set against the backdrop of sub-Saharan Africa being the region of the world most severely impacted upon by HIV/Aids and HIV-related education as a “social vaccine”.

via It’s time we had a talk about sex, say SA schoolkids – News – Mail & Guardian Online.
http://www.businessday.co.za/articles/Content.aspx?id=169742

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