ADOLESCENCE EDUCATION PROGRAMME :

 

                Adolescence Education Programme (AEP) has been introduced as part of NCF 2005.  AEP aims to provide young people with accurate, age appropriate and culturally relevant information; promote healthy attitude and develop skills to enable them to respond to real life situations effectively.  NCERT is the implementing agency in India for AEP and works with the funds provided by UNFPA.   So far five states have been brought under the purview of the AEP.  In implementing the AEP Master Trainers were trained who further trained the nodal teachers.  The nodal teachers involved the remaining teachers of the Vidyalaya and also the peer.  As per the plan of action a minimum of 16 hours of activities in a year (Jan to Dec) are to be conducted.  The Staff Nurses should be involved fully in all these activities and also in counseling. Clear cut guidelines have been given in the trainings organized.  Principals also have been exposed to AEP trainings and are capable of monitoring the AEP activity. 

 

All the trainings and activities are conducted centrally for which fund is released to the R.Os.  During this year (2013-14) the focus should be on counseling, utilizing the services of the Staff Nurses effectively. It is to be noted that where AEP activities are organized effectively there may not be so many problems related to suicidal cases, substance abuse, also problems related to self-esteem, growing up etc.  The guiding principles of AEP as given by NCERT are given here below for further information and guidance:  

 

Following are the areas to be covered during the programme.

 

Areas  to be covered:  

1.       Changes occurs in adolescents during their  growth and  development

2.       Reproductive  and sexual health, myths and misconceptions

3.       Gender issue, Eve-teasing and sexual harassment

4.       Preventing HIV/ AIDS/ STD

5.       Preventing Drug abuse

6.       Developing life skills such as self-awareness, Problem solving, Decision making, critical thinking, creative thinking, Interpersonal relationship effective communication, empathy, critical thinking, managing emotions and dealing with stress.

7.       Providing minimum counseling.