SOCIAL and moral issues can be minimised in the country through education, Education Secretary Dr Michael Tapo said during World AIDS Day in Port Moresby.
“The education system can shape the way people perceive gender violence and HIV/AIDS so that they prevent them from occurring,” he said.
Tapo said the HIV/AIDS policy was already implemented in the education system but needed proper awareness and consultation with various organisations and stakeholders to be fully understood in schools.
Minister for Education James Marape said it was through the Department of Education that lifestyles would change.
He said the departmentcontinue to include social issues such as gender violence and HIV/AIDS in the curriculum so that vital messages were taught to children right across the nation to prevent issues from occurring.
He said from the statistics he had, half the country’s population was female, most people living with HIV/AIDS were between the ages 15 and 24 years and of the people engaging in sex with sex workers 42% were students.
He said the only solution to solve the issues was changing the behaviour of the people.
“The right place to begin would be the children in schools. There are about 1.7 million students, 45,000 teachers, 6,000 elementary schools, 218 high and secondary schools, four universities and seven technical and business colleges. These institutions are agents that will educate future generations.” he said.
“Working together to change the mindset of the people is the key to gradually minimising the social issues relating to gender violence and HIV/AIDS. It is therefore paramount that the male folks change their attitude and behaviour towards their daughters and mothers and refrain from illegal activities so that the country can prosper peacefully and in harmony.”
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