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    Delegates from the African countries attended a seminar on sex education in Africa which opened on April 16 at Bamako, capital of Mali.

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    Delegates from the African countries attended a seminar on sex education in Africa which opened on April 16 at Bamako, capital of Mali. The one week seminar discussed the need for sex education in Africa, contraception, abortion and other associated subjects.

    The conference was sponsored by the Mali Ministry of Education in association with the Society of Friends (Quakers) religious group.

    Discussions, lectures and films covered most aspects of sex education. Experts from outside Africa as well as regional authorities contributed to the discussions. Lectures were given by doctors, psychologists and public health authorities. Representatives of the Moslem, Roman Catholic and Protestant religions gave the views of their churches on the matter.

    Subjects considered, included the question of providing free contraception for adolescents in Africa, the sexual education and emancipation of women and the techniques which may be used for sex education in schools.

    SYNOPSIS: A seminar discussing sex education in Africa opened last week at Bamako, capital of Mali. The seminar's aim was to investigate the need for sex education in Africa; to discuss the methods which could be used; and to consider moral and psychological aspects.

    Delegates from ten African countries heard both African and overseas experts views on sex education, contraception, abortion and associated subjects.

    M. Pierre Pradervand of the Quaker religious society introduced the programme. The Quaker service organised the seminar in conjunction with Mali's Ministry of Education. M. Yaya Bagayoko, Education and Sport Minister, opened the seminar. As well as factual lectures, delegates heard the views of the Moslem, Catholic and Protestant religions on moral aspects of the subject.

    Dr. Sydou Diakits, Director of the Bamako Hygiene Service, discussed the need for sex education. Delegates heard from education experts what problems could be encountered by both students and teachers in any sex education programme.

    One of the visiting experts who spoke was M. Dahoue, a delegate from Dahomey, where he supervises medical services to schools. The week long seminar was to end on Monday.

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