More than 25% of children between 6 and 10 years old are not enrolled in primary school.  The low net enrollment rates in secondary school shows low efficiency within the system. In fact, only 23% of 11-14 year olds that should be in secondary school are enrolled. Significant drop out rates are recorded in primary schools, especially in recent years. Life Skills training, which is expected to equip young people with skills to help protect themselves against challenges, like HIV infections, is provided throughout all levels of the education system.


There is a high birth rate among young people, with an estimated 147 births per 1,000 adolescents. This means that approximately 147 female adolescents out of a 1,000 are at risk of contracting HIV or other STIs; and as research has identified, the practice of sexual intercourse at a young age is associated with increased risk of HIV infection. The risk is likely to increase, as comprehensive correct knowledge of HIV is also quite low among young people. HIV prevalence is very low in Madagascar but there are a significantly high percentage of young people who are sexually active before the age of 15.

Most sexually transmitted infections are treated in both public and private health facilities. These facilities also provide sexual and reproductive health services to youth.

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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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