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Jul 4, 2011

Teaching health and family life education

QUADS and the U.S Peace Corps are hosting a workshop on teaching Health and Family Life Education (HFLE). The workshop, which is being done in two phases, is seeking to train upper division teachers on health and life skills. According to the Peace Corps Programming & Specialist Trainers, the aim is to train some six hundred more teachers to help students in making better health choices.

Gilda Diaz, Programming & Specialist Training, Peace Corps

“They’re making two two-day workshops; this is the first of the two the second will be held later this week in Dangriga. We’re training approximately fifty teachers, forty-nine –fifty teachers to do training of trainers. So these teachers will in turn give more than six hundred upper division teachers the opportunity to learn techniques on teaching HFLE to the children in the school.”

Andrea Polanco

Gilda Diaz

“This workshop here from I’m seeing is a very interactive approach being taken. Tell us about some of the activities that they’re doing?”

Gilda Diaz

“Well with Peace Corps we tend to do a lot what is called non-formal education which is very interactive. They have a lot of exercises and things that will help to retain information and that’s one of the very important skills that they are having transferred to these teachers. We’re trying to get across not only information; we also want the teacher to have the correct information and an easy way to disperse that education. So when a child receives HFLE sessions, that child would then become more apt at health information, therefore we’ll end up with a healthier population in Belize. That child will be able to make better health decisions and better sexual decisions as well. So all of these things will in turn end up giving us not just a healthier population but also a decrease in STI’s, HIV, and generally a better care for our people as we go along.”

The workshop is funded by President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, PEPFAR.

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