An innovative boardgame on reproductive health of adolescents “Gӧrelde bol!” (Be a role model!) will be introduced in secondary schools of Turkmenistan. It was developed UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) and sponsored by the Ministry of education of Turkmenistan.
The game will help Turkmen schoolchildren to expand their knowledge on reproductive health and gender equality, as well as equip them with life skills that will help them make the right decisions about their health.
WHO defines reproductive health as a state of complete physical, intellectual and social well-being that characterizes the capability of people to reproduce with the freedom of decision. In Turkmenistan, these topics are being taught as part of the mandatory subject Basics of Lifeskills in 7-11 grades of the secondary schools.
At the same time, as noted in UNFPA, the quality of teaching of these issues is constantly improving due to the national standards of education in the field of reproductive health developed by the Fund and the Ministry of education.
-Reproductive health education becomes effective when the focus is made on life skills,” said Bashim Gaitnazarov, director of the secondary school in Ashgabat. – That is why it is crucial to use interactive methods of presenting these materials to the youth, and through these games to make them think and internalize these skills and be able to make responsible decisions throughout their life.
As a result of the dynamic interaction between UNFPA and the Ministry of education of Turkmenistan, a series of videos were also produced, which are used by teachers to highlight sensitive issues such as personal hygiene of adolescents, sexually transmitted diseases, healthy diet and the importance of an active lifestyle.
-Research shows that age appropriate reproductive health education does not lead to risky behavior, said Bayramgul Garabayeva, UNFPA Assistant Representative in Turkmenistan.
Experts believe that a comprehensive education on reproductive health started at an early age, helps teenagers to understand the changes occurring with the body and feelings, to build safe, healthy and responsible relationships with other people.