Family life education

Family life education is defined by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) as 'an educational process designed to assist young people in their physical, emotional and moral development as they prepare for adulthood, marriage, parenthood, and ageing, as well as their social relationships in the socio-cultural context of the family and society'. An effective family life education helps young people to finish their education and reach adulthood without early pregnancy by delaying initiation of sexual activity until they are physically, socially and emotionally mature and know how to avoid risking infection by HIV and other STIs.

Educating adolescents in schools can lay the groundwork for a lifetime of healthy habits; since it is often more difficult to change established habits than it is to create good habits initially.

Important family life education content includes understanding oneself and others; building self-esteem; forming, maintaining, and ending relationships; taking responsibility for one's actions; understanding family roles and responsibilities; and improving communication skills.

A health professional facilitating a community conversation.

Traditionally adolescents get very limited information on reproductive health topics such as physiology, reproduction cycle, and life skills.

Last modified: Tuesday, 1 July 2014, 12:39 PM