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close this bookHuman Growth and Development (FAO Population Education Leaders Guides)
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View the documentActivity no. 1 - The wrong information, or the right information
View the documentActivity no. 2 - The human reproductive cycle
View the documentActivity no. 3 - How does the story end?

Basic concepts

  • All living things reproduce.
  • Pregnancy and childbirth are natural events in human life. It is important to understand the human reproductive process.
  • Human development is a continuous process, from infancy to adulthood.
  • Physical maturation occurs before emotional maturity.
  • Individual and cultural values influence sexual behaviour.
  • Teenage pregnancy is dangerous for both mother and child.
  • Ignorance is not bliss. There are many harmful consequences of ignorance about sex, including too early pregnancy, too many children, STDs and AIDS.