WHAT IS FOCUS ON YOUTH?
FOY is an evidence-based training programme that emphasizes life skills training in decision-making and includes the following:
A decision-making model which supports consequential thinking and healthy actions.
Skills Building in effective communication, listening and negotiation
HIV knowledge and skills regarding sexual risk avoidance such as; promotion of abstinence, delaying sex and correct condom use.
Understanding Values and Risks including risky sexual behaviours such as multiple sexual partners and drug use including alcohol
Understanding healthy relationships and recognizing Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment
DOES THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION SUPPORT TEACHING FOY?
The Focus on Youth (FOY} Bahamas Curriculum is an integral part of the Ministry of Education’s Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) curriculum
This programme is implemented at grade six in Government primary and comprehensive schools throughout The Bahamas.
WHEN AND HOW SHOULD FOY BE IMPLEMENTED IN OUR GRADE SIX CLASSES?
The Focus on Youth curriculum is taught in the first term of each school year during HFLE classes.
Teachers are encouraged to complete all 8 sessions and core activities of the FOY curriculum.
WHY DO TEACHERS NEED TO COMPLETE THE MEASURE A FORM AT THE END OF EACH TEACHING SESSION?
As FOY has a research component, there are several forms (measures) which assist in the precise documentation of teacher’s classroom experiences. This is necessary for accurate reporting of factors that facilitate or impede FOY implementation.
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WHAT OTHER MEASURES OR FORMS SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY TEACHERS?
The Measure F form should be completed at the end of the FOY programme.
Additionally, Measure E and Teacher Consent forms are to be completed by new teachers. This should be done prior to implementing the FOY curriculum.
All of these forms are available in hard copies or can be accessed on-line.
DO TEACHERS NEED PARENTAL PERMISSION TO TEACH THE FOY CURRICULUM TO THEIR CHILDREN?
The Department of Education has mandated that FOY is an integral part of the HFLE curriculum which is taught as all other subject areas. Therefore, parental permission is not required to teach FOY to students. There is a parent training component of FOY which emphasizes the importance of effective parental communication and monitoring.
WHAT SUPPORT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE TO TEACHERS?
Support for teachers is available as follows:
School and Community nurses
Representatives from the HIV/AIDS Centre
Handout – Resource Guide for Parents and Youth (FOY Teaching Manual, pages 42 – 43) and the FOY website
WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE?
The Focus on Youth Bahamas Risk Reduction and Sexual Health for Adolescents website contains various resources to support the implementation of FOY and HFLE: FOY Teacher and parent manuals, SODA poster, videos and other teaching resources
FOY videos can be found in the videos section of this website. To access the videos please send a request to the FOY team at firstname.lastname@example.org
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
The Ministry of Health Focus on Youth HIV & AIDS Prevention Programme
Email Address: email@example.com
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