ERIC Number: ED366574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
The Family Life Education Project in Fiji: A Case Study. Lessons Learned Series in Population Education and Communication.
The Family Life Education project in Fiji began in 1985 to deal with the problem of a high percentage of illegitimate births among teenage girls and a high incidence of sexually transmitted diseases. The project also hoped to foster the development of understanding and responsible attitudes and moral values in relation to sexual development and relationships on the part of students and parents. The program was established by gaining parental and community support, developing curriculum and instructional materials, training teachers, and then introducing family life education into 104 secondary schools in Fiji. AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) education and alcohol/drug abuse education were integrated into the family life program. A 45-minute video program, titled"TALANOA," was produced to stimulate discussion on sex, abortion, family planning, sexually transmitted diseases, and boy-girl relationships. The family life course is optional, with the expectation that it will be made compulsory in the near future. Anecdotal evidence of the program's impact is cited, and lessons learned in the areas of program development, materials development, teacher training, and program evaluation are highlighted. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Bangkok (Thailand). Principal Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.