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Mr. Mohammed Amin Adam, Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), has urged teachers to be agents of change in their schools and communities in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
He said: "As teachers, you serve as role models to your pupils and your communities and as such, you must live lives worthy of emulation". Mr. Adam said this when opening a two-day workshop on HIV/AIDS for primary schools teachers in the Tamale Metropolis in Tamale.
The Metropolitan Directorate of Education organised the workshop, which was jointly sponsored by the Ghana AIDS Commission and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF.
Mr. Adam said the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the Northern Region as at last year was 2.7 per cent but this had reduced to two per cent this year and attributed this to the religious and moral discipline of northerners.
He appealed to parents and teachers to educate the youth on the dangers of immoral behaviour.
Mr Adam said teachers and the youth were the productive force of the nation and if care was not taken to protect them from contracting HIV/AIDS then the nation stood the danger of losing its labour force.
Mrs. Alexandra Sopimeh, the Metropolitan Director of Education, urged teachers to pay attention to the girl-child when discussing issues related to HIV/AIDS since they were more vulnerable to contracting the disease.