Category Archives for 2017 Expanded Technical Coordination Group Meeting


Join us to mark two years of progress at the International AIDS Conference in Durban!

Please join us in a high level meeting to discuss the progress of the ESA Commitment at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.

WHEN: Monday, 18 July 2016, 8:00 - 12:30...

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Comprehensive sexuality education books being handed to the Minister, Dr. John Phiri

New sexuality education books launched to help young people make positive choices about their health and future in Zambia

With the new, nation-wide scale-up of comprehensive sexuality education integrated into primary and secondary schools, Zambia has seen a glaring need for resources to help improve delivery in the classroom. As part of addressing this gap, the Governm...

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Scaling up sexuality education for young people: Namibia hosts dialogue on ground breaking ESA Commitment

A significant number of young people in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) lack comprehensive sexuality education (CSE), an age-appropriate, culturally relevant approach to teaching about sex and relationships by providing accurate, realistic and non-...

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‘You talk, we listen. We talk, you listen’: Uganda Hosts National Dialogue

On 3rd October 2015, Reach A Hand Uganda held the 2015 Intergenerational Dialogue in Kampala, Uganda. The event emphasized the importance of dialogue between generations in order to better young people’s sexual and reproductive health ri...

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5 recommendations to address young women and girls’ vulnerability to AIDS

Today on December 1st, we mark World Aids Day. Every year this day is aimed at raising awareness around HIV and AIDS. Young people age 10-24 are especially vulnerable to the HIV epidemic – with 430,000 new infections happening every year...

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Celebrating International Day of the Girl Child: ESA Commitment to support girls’ rights

Every girl has the right to be empowered to make safe and healthy decisions about their own lives. On October 11, we mark an important day in the year - International Day of the Girl Child. Young girls and women across eastern and southern Africa ...

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UNESCO celebrates 2 years of progress: reaching millions of Young People with Comprehensive Sexuality Education

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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Mona Kaidbey with UNESCO

Changing the prospects for women and girls in Eastern and Southern Africa

During the 59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women held in New York, UNESCO UNAIDS and UNFPA partnered with YWCA to organise a dialogue between young women, governments and programme experts to strengthen the commitment to the health...

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Enter now! Young People Today Poetry Contest

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO once said "every poem is unique but each reflects the universal in human experience, the aspiration for creativity that crosses all boundaries and boarders, of time as well as space, in the constant affirmatio...

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UNESCO trains journalists on life-saving information for young people in South Sudan

By Taban Robert Aggrey In December, UNESCO in partnership with UNFPA and the South Sudan AIDS Commission, trained over 20 journalists drawn from broadcasting and print media across South Sudan on critical challenges facing young people today. ...

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Young People for Young People: Reach A Hand Uganda holds second Peer Educator Academy in Kampala

Reach a Hand Uganda is tackling issues that leave Ugandan adolescents vulnerable, such as early pregnancy, HIV and gender inequality, through their inaugural Peer Educators Academy that was held at the beginning of January in Kampala. The Academy eng...

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A year in review: Highlights from 2014

2014 has been a year full of impressive progress from countries involved in the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Commitment. Since the signing of the commitment in December 2013, huge strides have been made to deliver comprehensive sexuality educa...

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Marking one year of the ESA Commitment

Progress in strengthening comprehensive sexuality education and health services for young people This December marks the first year of implementation following the groundbreaking Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) commitment. Endorsed by M...

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That’s a wrap! Outtakes from the Pre-Youth Symposium

Over the past three days 173 young people from 28 countries across Africa were brought together at the Pre-Youth Symposium in Lusaka, Zambia, to examine barriers to Adolescent and Youth SHHR Information and Services. The Zambian Ministry of Youth ...

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Education plays key role in ending teenage pregnancy across Eastern and Southern Africa

Every girl has the right to complete a quality education – however, the realities are that many do not make it through to their graduation. Teenage pregnancy is a significant cause to increased school dropout, with persistently high rates across E...

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Workshops held at The National Cultural Festival in Mozambique

Every two years, the Ministry of Culture organizes the National Cultural Festival in the province of Inhambane in Mozambique. The festival hosts domestic and international artists, cultural agents, and practitioners for a weeklong celebration of dive...

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Equipping Teachers for Sexuality Education Curriculum

5 October 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of World Teachers’ Day. Education is only as good as its teachers. They are central to ensuring quality education for our future generations. Training our teachers is a top priority, esp...

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Preparing Teachers to Close the Knowledge and Skills Gap in Sexuality Education

A regional meeting was held this week to focus on teacher training in comprehensive sexuality education in Eastern and Southern Africa. Countries included in the meetings: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, DRC, Ethiopia, Ken...

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Sexuality Education for Youth – Key in Preventing the Spread of HIV in Zambia

Sexuality education and the provision of services for adolescents and young people are at the heart of a recently launched national programme, implemented by the Government of Zambia and supported by UNESCO. The programme, launched in April 2014, ...

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Zambia’s call to action on Child marriage

Child marriage remains a prevalent issue across the country of Zambia. According to the 2007 Zambia Demographic and Health Survey, on average, 42 per cent of girls will be married before their 18th birthday. In early July 2014, a symposium was organi...

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About Young People Today: Campaign and Report Launch (Long 15:26)

Highlights from the press and campaign launch of Young People today, featuring opinions of a range of African health and education experts and views of young people on their right to education and health....

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About Young People Today: Campaign and Report Launch (Short 3:11)

Highlights from the press and campaign launch of Young People Today, featuring opinions of a range of African health and education experts and views of young people on their right to education and health....

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