According to the Minister of the People and Social Development, Dr. Glenn Ramadharsingh, “The reality is that young people are made even more vulnerable by deliberate, risk-taking behaviour which often passes for youthful enthusiasm. Additionally, young people face challenges in being empowered enough to make healthy choices. Teenage pregnancies, teenage delinquency, poverty and a growing rate of absenteeism in schools have added to the natural vulnerability and uncertainty in the young”.
Young people and HIV/AIDS, Opportunity in crisis (2002), mentions that HIV/AIDS has been infecting persons between the ages of 15-24 years old. This report states, that due to the fact that young people are at the centre of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic they also can assist in the struggle against this fatal disease. Two decades into the epidemic, the vast majority of young people remain uninformed about sex and STIs. This was done in the Caribbean in 2000 to 2002.
The HIV/AIDS Coordinating Unit of the Ministry of Education conducted Awareness Programmes entitled “Yuh Nah Ready Yet”, in three (3) secondary schools in the North Eastern Education District in June 2011. The schools were; Matura High School; Sangre Grande Secondary School and Guaico Secondary School. Participants were between the ages of 14-16 years. The report at the end of the Awareness Programs showed that form three and four students were engaged in sessions aimed to increase students’ knowledge on HIV/AIDS and STIs. Pre-test questionnaires were faxed to participating schools and students filled these forms before the arrival of the ministries representatives. Post-test questionnaires were also completed by participants so as to gain a comprehensive analysis of students’ knowledge before and after sessions on the subject of HIV/AIDS. The objectives of the campaign were to increase the awareness on HIV and other STI’s by providing access to relevant accurate information, foster the...