Enow Awah Georges Stevens

HEALTH AMBASSADOR

Enow A Georges is a Cameroonian Youth Development Worker  and an esteemed Emerging Entrepreneur. He is a YALI fellow from the Regional Leadership Centre in Accra, Ghana cohort 4. The pioneer batch of young Entrepreneurs trained by the Israel-Cameroon Hi-Tech Program. A firebrand youth rights activist and public speaker with a deep passion for seeing young people's views being brought to the front burner. He is an outstanding member of the African Youth Leaders Network, and a passionate youth development worker with competent professional Development skills, with six-years experience in volunteerism, social justice advocacy, monitoring and evaluation. A community leader and medical personnel who has coordinated and implemented extensive work on comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), and youth leadership, HIV and AIDS, policy engagement, project management, peer education and capacity building. He is a consultant at selfconsult, an online platform that connects physicians, patients and the pharmacist. In 2013 he was awarded the prize of Youngest youth Ambassador in Cameroon for the fight Against Malaria (KO PALU).In 2015 He was a Nominee for the future awards Africa in Enterprise support after supporting 500 women in rural communities on adequate menstrual management via provision of menstrual materials and educative workshops. He is a semi-finalist for President Obama’s Mandela Washington fellowship and a fellow of the Kectil Global Leadership Program. His vision is to see a world where Sexual and Reproductive health and rights (SRHR) will have full inclusion in society and the underprivileged will access health care.

Why is health education important in a child's life and in the community at large?

Health education teaches people of all ages about how diet and exercise contribute to a healthy lifestyle. It also encourages positive changes in behaviour and lowers the risk of addiction to drugs, alcohol and unsafe sexual practices. Health education builds communities knowledge, skills, and positive attitudes about health. Health education teaches about physical, mental, emotional and social health. It motivates children to improve and maintain their health, prevent disease, and reduce risky behaviours. Health education curriculum and instruction helps students learn skills they will use to make healthy choices throughout their lifetime. An effective curriculum results in positive changes in behaviour that lower student risks around: alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, injury prevention, mental and emotional health, nutrition, physical activity, prevention of diseases, sexually transmitted diseases and family life. A community with adequate knowledge on health will make healthy choices for the people and promote Health programs.

How can health education help bring an end to sexual abuse and rape?

Rape culture exist but we don’t believe it does. Far too few children and young people receive anything approaching adequate preparation for a safe and satisfying adult sexual life. Open discussion of sexual matters with trusted adults is usually absent at the very time when it is most needed. This, in turn, is compounded by the pervasive, confusing and conflicting (and predominantly negative) messages received by children about sexuality and gender. In turn, these may contribute to creating and sustaining vulnerability to coercion, abuse and exploitation. Effective sexual education is therefore essential in order to redress this balance.

With Health education and sexual education children will be well informed about their sexual life, gain adequate knowledge on sexual and reproductive health as well as become more conscious of their being. The community will be well informed and penalise any form of rape and hinder such practices. In recent years, efforts have been made, within sexual education, to acknowledge and address vulnerability to sexual abuse and violence. This demands consideration of the sexual and social realities that exist beyond the classroom. It means, for example, giving consideration to contextual issues, such as the school institution itself and the power relations that exist within it, both among pupils, and between teachers and pupils, which constitutes a serious obstacle in some settings. Sexual vulnerability is also linked to other forms of risk and vulnerability, such as racism and homophobia, drug and alcohol use and to gender inequality and violence in the household. Justice for the Silenced is a resource for the development of a comprehensive curriculum on sexuality, gender, HIV and human rights. This resource is designed specifically to enable educators and policymakers (in all regions of the world) to address both individual and social determinants of sexual and reproductive health. The resource promotes the development of critical thinking skills and learning, and reflection about the ways in which gender, rights and other social factors, such as race, ethnicity and class, can affect sexual experience. In so doing, this approach seeks to promote active, informed participation in civil society by children and young people.