UNESCO Head of Maputo Office, Sida, Mozambique Government officials, UNAIDS, UNESCO workshop participants gather in Maputo, Mozambique

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UNESCO CELEBRATES 2 YEARS OF PROGRESS: REACHING MILLIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WITH COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION

1 July, 2015   |   Events, Latest Blog

Young people remain at the forefront of the AIDS response across Eastern and Southern Africa. Although they are vulnerable to infection, they also have the opportunity to change the discourse of HIV/AIDS prevalence forever. In order for this to happe...

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WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN LEADERS ARE HESITANT TO IMPLEMENT SEXUALITY EDUCATION?

12 June, 2015   |   Latest Blog, Updates

Lessons learned in Lesotho: The importance of local dialogue in breaking the barriers and stigma surrounding sexuality education Implementing Life Skills Education that incorporates comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) can be a...

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UNESCO and the Church in South Sudan help strengthen sexuality education among young people

22 May, 2015   |   Blog, Latest Blog

Faith-based organisations not only provide spiritual guidance to their followers but also are fundamental leaders within their communities, helping shape attitudes and behaviours. In South Sudan, the Church has been steadfast in providing access to a...

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YOUNG PEOPLE ARE THE FUTURE.

TIME TO ACT NOW.

Many young people in Eastern and Southern Africa lack basic knowledge of and access to crucial sexual and reproductive heath information and services, including issues related to HIV and pregnancy prevention.

 

Enter Young People Today: an initiative, supported by the United Nations, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the East African Community (EAC) and Civil Society Organizations to improve the health and wellbeing of young people in the region.

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Challenges facing young people today

Education

60%

of young people still lack the basic knowledge to prevent HIV due to a lack of sexuality education.
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A gap of 70%

was seen in primary and secondary school sexuality education curriculum in the region (review conducted in 2011).
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Health

34% of Females

45% of Males

between 15-24 use condoms. This is on average, low.
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430,000 NEW HIV INFECTIONS

are contracted among young people aged 15-24 every year.
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Why do we have these challenges?

THERE IS A LACK OF

1. ACCESS TO COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION

Teach young people about methods for preventing HIV, STIs and unintended pregnancy as well as skills that help them explore their own values, goals and options.

2. ADEQUATE, YOUTH-FRIENDLY SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES

High quality, widely available health care that includes affordability, convenience and standardized services.

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WHAT CAN WE DO?
JOIN TOGETHER.

 

BRINGING 21 COUNTRIES TOGETHER FOR ONE COMMON GOAL.

With a strong commitment from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the East African Community (EAC), Ministers of Health and Education from 21 countries have committed to keep young people's sexual and reproductive health information and services at the forefront of their national agendas.

One of the biggest issues is the gap that hasn’t been bridged between the knowledge and the laws that are out there that supports sexual and reproductive rights. There are policies there but how are they being implemented and directed to young people?

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