Education is centralized. It includes eight years in primary school, four years in secondary school and four years in a general university degree programme. Completion rate remains relatively low and in secondary school particularly, there is a huge discrepancy between the number of girls and boys who complete school.

The Life Skills Education Syllabus series is what is currently used in schools and has made improvements over the years. The purpose of this series, which are designed for children in and out of school, is to teach young people how to form healthy relationships so that they can avoid being infected with HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.


HIV and AIDS, maternal and child health are priority areas for the government. There is still an unmet need for family planning and use of contraceptives. In addition, Kenya has the highest child marriage rates in the world, which negatively impacts the state of young women’s health.


Gender based violence is common in Kenya with over 39% of women aged 15-49 reporting having been abused by husbands or partners. There has been an increase in the number of HIV tested people due to the increase in opportunities for testing and counselling. Many of these services and others are free. In addition, post-exposure prophylaxis is also increasing.

Updates and Stories

Workshops held at The National Cultural Festival in Mozambique

20 October, 2014   |   Blog, Events, Our people, Technical Coordination Group

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...


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

6 November, 2014   |   Blog, Our people, Technical Coordination Group

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...


Take a stand on World AIDS Day

1 December, 2014   |   Blog, Our people

Today marks World AIDS Day. Every year, December 1st is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. According to UNICEF there were 2.1 million adolescents (10–19 years) living with HIV in 2013, 8...

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Wonderful to have young reporters asking their questions to our high level panelists today at @UNESCO #UNESCO dialogue hosted by South Africa's Dept of Basic #Education on scaling up #comprehensivesexualityeducation #CSE #CSENOW #YouthSRHNow Children's Radio Foundation #SaveTheChildren

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Group photo of some following today's UNESCO High Level Policy Dialogue on #comprehensivesexualityeducation hosted by the Department of Basic Education in South Africa ! #ESACommitment #YouthSRHNow #CSENow #sexualityeducation #knowledgeispower

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‪#UNESCO Regional Director of #EastAfrica Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta & #Sweden Education Minister Gustav #Fridolin on SAFMNews Channel 404 this morning talking about the urgent need for govts to commit to #comprehensivesexualityeducation #CSE #CSENow #YouthSRHNow‬

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