Special Correspondent

Adolescent sex education workshop begins

SHIMOGA: Director of the Manasa Mental Health Education Trust Preeti Pai suggested here on Wednesday that teachers had to work as personal counsellors in view of the fact that tension and depression had shown a rising trend among adolescents as they were distancing themselves from the natural way of learning.

Inaugurating a workshop on adolescent sex education and health organised by the Department of Public Instruction and the Kshema Trust for teachers, she pointed out that teachers had an onerous responsibility in ensuring proper personality development of students as they spent more time in schools having close interaction with them.

She asked them to create a natural interest among students towards learning in a natural way by freeing them from tension, anxiety and depression.

She said it was natural if adolescents developed curiosity about natural physical changes as they entered their adolescence. "It is at this stage that teachers should make the adolescent youth accept the physical changes as a natural process and see that they do not go astray," she said.

President of the Kshema Trust and psychiatrist K.R. Sridhar, who was the chief guest, said lack of knowledge, particularly about natural physical changes, was more dangerous as it was likely to mislead youth unless they were given the correct information.

He said there was a need for introducing life skill-oriented education to help in the overall personality development of students.

President of the Shimoga branch of the Fulfilling People's Aspirations of India (FPAI) H.R. Umesh Aradhya presided over the function. Former president of FPAI A.S. Hanuman welcomed the gathering. Ramesh Babu proposed a vote of thanks.