Alcohol and drug usage; and adolescents' sexual behaviour in Nigeria.
- Evelyn N Nwagu
- Health promotion international
With globalization, Nigeria is abreast of the trend of events all over the world. This means the exposure of our youths to the influence of foreign culture. However today, our youths with the influence of foreign permissive culture have found themselves experiencing sex at a younger age than their parents did. Bearing in mind the different constraints faced by our society with which sexuality is treated, one finds that youths fall prey to the consequences of poor sexuality and sex education due to societal reactions to issues that bother on sexuality. This paper discusses the importance of sexuality education in the Nigerian school system as a source of preventing the social problems of teenage pregnancy, which reduces the number of female students in school, a sure indication of undermining valuable human resource and therefore development. Social problems of death through abortion, destitution and spread of sexually transmitted diseases were shown to thrive in the absence of Sexuality Education. The paper suggests suitable methods of teaching sexuality related subjects at various levels.