The first group of over 20 adolescents and young people are taking part in the seven-week free course “Love School” that is staged on the initiative of specialists of the Youth-Friendly Health Center “Neovita” of Chisinau. The young people will find out answers to their questions concerning primarily sexual and reproductive health education, IPN reports.
Natalia Solovei, psychologist at the Center “Neovita”, said the “Love School” is a course centering on seven issues concerning the harmonious development of teens, namely: love, friendship, knowledge of oneself, management of feelings, emotional intelligence, effects of sexually transmitted diseases, contraception or unwanted pregnancies in teenage girls. The course will be held once a week for two hours. All the knowledge will be transmitted through games, interactively and through discussions.
“A young person needs the “Love School” as a lot of themes in our society aren’t regrettably discussed openly in the family or at school, at biology classes, for example. I refer in particular to aspects of reproduction or sexuality. This topic is taught somehow in a closed way or separately to girls and boys, or is not taught at all. We consider a young person is more protected when it is better informed,” stated Natalia Solovei.
According to Galina Leshko, Youth-Friendly Health Center “Neovita” director, the “Love School” is a safe opportunity to respond to the development needs and interests of young people and to create preconditions for a more harmonious life and sexual and reproductive development, with fewer risks, so that they could form more sustainable families in the future. “The correct knowledge in this field only protects, while its absence leads to a lot of problems,” stated Galina Leshko.
The event was organized with assistance from the Swiss Development Agency in the framework of the project “Healthy Generation – extension of youth-friendly health services in the Republic of Moldova” that is implemented by the public association “Health for the Youth”, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection.