Experiences of grade 8 learners on sexuality education from home and school at Mopani and Vhembe districts

Humbulani S. Munyai, Lufuno Makhado, Dora U. Ramathuba, Rachel T. Lebese

Abstract

Globally, adolescents' risk of sexual behaviour has become a concern owing to the world's poor home and school sexuality education, not excluding both the Mopani and Vhembe Districts of Limpopo Province. This study examined the experiences of grade 8 learners on sexuality education from home and school. The study was mainly qualitative, involving eight focus group discussions [FGDs] with grade 8 learners aged 13-15 years. The findings revealed that participants experience confusion regarding physiological body changes. Inadequate knowledge about contraception noted. Findings further revealed Communication concerns related to Cultural barriers, fear of embarrassment, Reactive sharing of information instead of being proactive and gender stereotype. The study concluded that these concerns operate as barriers to comprehensive sexuality education. The study recommended that learners, parents, and teachers receive training about communication on sexuality to acquire knowledge and improve their communication skills with children. (Afr J Reprod Health 2022; 26[8]: 41-52).

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