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Assessment of learners’ exposure to health education and promotion at school in the Limpopo Province of South Africa

Oni H. Tosin, Takalani G. Tshitangano
African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine | Vol 8, No 2 | a932 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/phcfm.v8i2.932 | © 2016 Oni H. Tosin, Takalani G. Tshitangano | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 July 2015 | Published: 30 June 2016

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Oni H. Tosin, Department of Public Health, University of Venda, South Africa
Takalani G. Tshitangano, Department of Public Health, University of Venda, South Africa

Abstract

Background: School participation and educational attainment among adolescents have been rising rapidly in the developing world. Thus, to attain Millennium Development Goal 6 (Combat HIV and/or AIDs, malaria and other diseases), it is crucial to seize the opportunity to educate and encourage teenagers about healthy choices and proper social behaviours that will continue into adulthood.

Aim: This study aimed to assess the exposure of rural secondary school learners to health education and promotion at schools in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.

Setting: This study was carried out at 10 secondary schools in Vhumbedzi educational circuit.

Methodology: The study adopted a cross-sectional quantitative approach. Data were collected from 338 randomly selected learners from 10 secondary schools that make up a rural Vhumbedzi circuit in the Limpopo province. A self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data.

Results: The findings showed that, 102 (66.07%) male and 121 (67.60%) female learners reported that they were taught about physical changes that occur during adolescence. In the same vein, most of the participants (n = 128, 84.39%) and (n = 152, 85.39%) males and females respectively claimed to have been taught about sexually transmitted diseases.

Conclusion: In this study the secondary schools in the Limpopo Province of South Africa are making efforts to uphold and expose their learners to health education and promotion at school.

Keyword: Health education and promotion, adolescents, school, learners


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