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Sexuality education is the only subject in New Zealand schools which requires parents to be consulted on the content. Since it is associated with moral and social issues, it is a controversial topic. However, what has been notably missing from the debate is the voice of those most immediately concerned with the outcome— the adolescent.
Connections is an adolescent and parent programme that helps girls and their mothers to become more confident and comfortable to talk about gender, relationships and sex. The programme provides information and life-skills around issues including puberty, growing up, relationships, dating, sexuality, pregnancy prevention, gender rights, alcohol use and parent-to-adolescent communications. The programme covers both the biological aspects of sex, and broader relational aspects such as peer and romantic relationships, love, reproduction, gender rights, HIV, risk-taking and peer influence. …
The newsletter recounts the efforts of the West Bengal Voluntary and Health Association (WBVHA) in adolescents' problems. WBVHA is a leading health promoting agency mainly concerned with the basic health of common people. It works to prevent HIV, AIDS, malaria and promoters for caring adolescence health and taking unique steps. WBVHA has already been working with many schools in Kolkata and four districts in West Bengal.