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Training on Sexuality Education among Health Education Teachers from TVET Centers in Mongolia
UNESCO, the Mongolia Agency of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ATVET), and the Adolescence Future Centre NGO conducted a training of trainers on Sexuality Education among health teachers from TVET centers in Mongolia in August 2012.
The purpose of the training was to strengthen the human resource capacity of TVET centers to provide young people with comprehensive life-skills based sexuality, HIV prevention and health education through providing information on human sexuality, and improving their teaching skills and methodologies.
A total of 21 participants, including 20 health teachers of TVET Centers (13 participants from rural TVET centers and 7 participants from TVET centers in Ulaanbaatar) and a lecturer of Department of Biology and Health of the Mongolian State University of Education participated in the training.
In addition to the three facilitators, a few guest speakers including Mr. Galbadrakh Baramsai, head of Training and Methodology Department of ATVET; Dr. Tuya Zinaameder, clinical professor of Mongolian National Center for Mental Health; and Mr. Baldangombo Altangerel, lawyer and programme manager of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Center NGO gave thematic lectures followed by group discussions aimed at provoking and inciting conversations about health, HIV and sexuality.
The participants had a chance to clarify myths surrounding sexuality and HIV & AIDS. They also had opportunities to refresh their knowledge of suitable methods and methodologies for teaching the subject to adolescents; to enhance their teaching skills; and to gain confidence in discussing sensitive issues. Over the training, participants worked in small groups and taught micro-sessions of 15 minutes each on different topics. They were actively engaged in discussions on issues and related them to their own experience. Group discussions and presentations were well facilitated and each discussion was summarized with main points.
Opening and closing remarks for the training were given by Ms. Zolzaya Demberel, UNESCO’s National Programme Officer for HIV and AIDS in Mongolia. During the course, Ms. Demberel introduced UNESCO’s strategy on comprehensive sexuality education that promotes gender equality, human rights and healthy lifestyles and its emphasis on young people and the UNESCO-supported life-skills based sexuality and health education curriculum. She also updated the participants on UNESCO’s on-going project activities.
On behalf of the Chairman of ATVET, Mr. Galbadrakh.B gave a speech focusing on collaboration with UNESCO on integrating health education into TVET curriculum and highlighted the importance of delivering competency-based health education to youth, in addition to technical skills. He also expressed policy and coordination commitment and support from ATVET in the implementation of the 64-hour health education curriculum, and emphasized the roles of health teachers. Finally, Mr. Galbadrak.B acknowledged UNESCO’s support in building teachers’ skills and strengthening the TVET sector’s capacity to educate youth. This remarks emphasised how young people can lead a healthy life when they have adequate knowledge, skills and practices.
Collaboration between health teachers, TVET administrators and the ATVET for the effective implementation and delivery of health education was highlighted again on the last day of the training. The participants gave comments on a trial agreement which will be signed among partners involved in the collaboration. All the participants were happy with the agreement and agreed this would be a good tool for them to be better recognized and support and commitment from school administrators and the government. The agreement also offered assurance of their employment as health teachers for 3 years to ensure the implementation of effective health education.
Overall, the training was successful. Facilitators and guest speakers had good experiences to share and used interactive approaches of delivering targeted messages to improve the knowledge of the participants. A trainer’s bag that contains useful training materials and tools for further training by the participants was distributed. This will help the participants to train their peers to teach youth about sensitive issues.
A draft 5-day sexuality education training module is now being finalized for publishing in Mongolian language.
Contact: Zolzaya Demberel, UNESCO Beijing office (email@example.com)
Effective engagement of UNEVOC Network in national responses to prevent HIV and AIDS in the scope of TVET, UNEVOC Network sub-regional consultation meeting, Viet Nam, 21 - 24 June 2011