Talking to teens about unsafe sex

August 19, 2019
A translation for this article is available in French

The topic of our Script of the week is related to the topic one of this week’s Farmer stories from Burkina Faso.

Sex is a widely discussed subject across the globe. But in many cultures and communities, talking about sex is still considered taboo. This is because of cultural, moral, social, and religious values that vary from place to place. The dynamics of talking about sex have changed further with increases in teen pregnancies, abortions, school dropouts, sexually transmitted diseases, and the threat of HIV infection. However, sexual health is a key part of community health, and should be discussed.

Teenage pregnancy rates across Africa have been increasing, and governments have attempted to step in with various media campaigns to create awareness. However, the effectiveness of these campaigns has not been adequately measured. Reports indicate that more teenagers are using party drugs, especially over weekends and holidays, as well as the morning after pill. The numbers of young teenage and single mothers rise daily as young people engage in unprotected sex. Teenagers, especially in rural areas, risk facing serious reproductive health problems if not educated and advised. These health challenges need to be addressed from both a preventive and curative angle in order to safeguard the health of both young people and their babies.

This script is a drama based on actual interviews. It can be used as inspiration to research and write a script on a similar topic in your area. Or you might choose to produce this script on your station, using voice actors to represent the speakers.

This script would also work well if followed by a discussion or interview with guest experts to further explore the sexual health issues raised, and talk about local efforts to address these issues.

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