Comprehensive Health Education (CHE), in collaboration with the Curriculum Research Assessment and Development Directorate (CREDD) of the Ministry of Higher Basic Education (MoBSE), completed an audit on Wednesday two-day curriculum framework exercise aimed at including comprehensive health education (CHE) subjects in some of the career subjects.
This exercise is part of efforts to strengthen access to quality comprehensive health education in The Gambia, an implementation research project carried out by the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education with funding from the International Development Research Center (IDRC), Canada.
The well-attended exercise brought together dozens of stakeholders to identify some potential CHE topics that are not within the career topics but have the chance and opportunity to infuse directly or indirectly among some identified career topics. .
Career topics reviewed during the two-day course for possible inclusion of potential CHE topics included: biology; Home Science; English language; Mathematics; Social Studies; Health Sciences and (General) Sciences.
Momodou Jeng, Director of the Curriculum Research Assessment and Development Directorate (CREDD) of the Ministry of Higher Basic Education (MoBSE), described comprehensive health education as a important issue that can be inculcated into curriculum processes.
According to him, the curriculum process goes beyond the presented materials, noting that the audit was carried out on comprehensive health education and existing curriculum materials.
“We want to audit the materials first to see the CHE messages contained in those materials such as frameworks, curricula from various learning areas. Because if we are able to audit those materials and see how much content related to CHE are contained in this material, then we will have a good start to look at other avenues we want to use to deliver sexuality-related messages such as STI-related messages, reproductive health messages across processes curriculum,” he explained.
Therefore, comprehensive health education cannot be a stand-alone subject; he revealed that the interdisciplinary skills approach will be used to teach students in schools. Explaining “it can’t be a standalone subject because if we want to do that it will require a lot of other logistics which will include teachers, time allocation, materials for the subject and there are some difficult things, as that country and sector, which we have to deal with associated with a limitation in time.
Mr. Jeng thanked all the officials selected for the exercise while reiterating the objective of the program audit exercise, it is intended “to identify gaps in comprehensive health education content within the framework of the existing curriculum, but with the possibility of infusing direct and indirect subjects”, in the career subjects.
Fatou Dally Bittaye acknowledged the commitment of stakeholders from different institutions for the exercise such as CPA, CREDD, MoH, Gambia College and UTG among others.
The Principal Researcher for Strengthening Access to Quality Comprehensive Health Education for School and Out of School Adolescents in The Gambia, Phebian Ina Grant-Sagnia, gave a summary of the information on the research conducted.
She confirmed that the research showed many interesting findings in terms of health education, sex education and identified communication as one of the gaps causing the barrier between parents, teachers and students.
Gambia: MoBSE and CREDD Organize Audit of Curriculum Framework Exercise for Inclusion of CHE Subjects
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