For the very long time, the issue of sex education for young people particularly in the African region but not exclusively has remained a taboo.
Although, sex is a natural developmental process, many parents, cultures and societies frown at discussing about sex with their adolescent children because it is perceived as a generational taboo.
Most of our parents think that, the issue of sex education is not relevant to the youth because they are youth, they do not need to know believing such issues are meant for adult and not youth, forgetting that the world itself is becoming modernised everyday with the advent of technology without destroying the fabric of the society or culture, it is imperative to teach young people about sex education in a way that will not only reflects the values of the family and society, but also enhance sustainability of a balanced culture.
Having sex is primitive, intrinsic natural human tendency that emerge in all of us in different form and at different times.
One thing is certain, if we do not educate our youth on sex and sex related issues, they will learn from other people, peer group or mass media. Sex education is not only important as a developmental process in the life of a child with the tools to understand him or herself better in relation to the immediate environment and the treat that could emerge from such interaction. This is to say that young people will gain incremental knowledge of the ability to protect themselves and alert people of the treats of sexual exploitation if they are sexually educated.
Sex education provides young people with the information they need to understand their bodies and gardens roles in positive ways. The youth are well informed about sex through education, which will help to keep them informed about the dangers involved in sex before marriage. It also help to bring better understanding of humanity- our reproductive rights and developmental such as puberty, menopause, aging, that could be experienced in the course of one’s reproductive life. It provides a safety not for young people whose lives are already infiltrated by messages from the media that may not reflect core family values educating our youth about themselves, this send message of self appreciation; self esteem and highlight the facts that the change they are experiencing or would experience is indeed normal.
Humans are curious animals and young people are exploratory an expression of their intrinsic curiosity. Peer pressure and media are enormous influence in the lives of the so-called generation, and if we do not teach the youth about sex, somehow they will learn in a way that may have devastating consequences. Some education will serve as counter insurgency to the core that has been declared against family values by mass media. Children are aware of the realities among their reproductive lives.
One of the greatest problems facing the young people i.e. the young is low level of awareness about sex, its importance and consequences to the young people.
The main objective of the awareness of sex to young people is to guide against the increasing number of young people who are victims of unwanted pregnancy, sexual transmitted diseases (STD), HIV/AIDS that is now found among the youth all over the globe, which is destroying the future leaders of various countries.
Effective awareness on sex related issues will help to minimise the high rate of sexual abuse among the youth, because when the youth are well informed about sex and its consequences it will help to minimise the high rate of sexuality among the young people and they will grow up with such moral values, which will distinguished them from animals. They youth are most of all the work force of any economy, without them the labour force will be inactive and dormant.
So, when such group of people are well preserved from the dangers of sex outside marriage through awareness at their early age, then there is a great chance of that economy to grow faster and stronger .BY THLAH GASMIS UNIVERSITY OF MAIDUGURI DEPARTMENT OF MASS COMMUNICATION.