Launch of an online training course on adolescent health

The Department of Education (DepEd) has launched an online training for the Basic Adolescent Health Course to train its staff in adolescent development and services for adolescent learners.

The four-day foundational course for Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) Focal Points from various school divisions and regional county representatives will run through April 2022.

The training will also be rolled out to schools between April and December 2022.

DepEd has partnered with the Ministry of Health and the Philippines Country Office of the World Health Organization, with technical assistance from the Society of Adolescent Medicine Inc., Plan International Philippines and the United Nations United States for International Development, to deliver the program to stakeholders.

Lope Santos 3rd, director of the DepEd Bureau of Learner Support Services-School Health Division, said adolescent health training will guide its health staff, as well as teaching and non-teaching staff, to be prepared for the challenges. teens needing help “no matter the circumstances.”

The Department for Education said the activity will also enable primary care providers to support learners as they transition from childhood to adulthood – physically and mentally – amid a life shaped by the Covid-19 pandemic to become independent individuals.

Secretary of Health Francisco Duque 3e also expressed his support for DepEd for this partnership and thanked the partners who helped make the foundational adolescent health training course possible.

“We must also be careful and nurturing of our adolescent population, especially with the Covid-19 pandemic. Shaped by virtues of their own, we must ensure that they grow up independently and aware of the environment in which they live. they live,” Duque said.

ARH Education supports DepEd’s commitment to Republic Act 10354, or the “Responsible Parenting and Reproductive Health Act of 2012.”

This law obligates the institution to provide sustainable, age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate education and training for reproductive health educators to create inclusive and integrated education for responsible parenting and reproductive health in a learning formal, informal and indigenous.

It is also one of the flagship programs of Oplan Kalusugan sa DepEd which focuses on providing health and nutrition programs to basic education learners.

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