Zambia

OVERVIEW

EDUCATION

Youth literacy rates are up to 74.4% across the country and attendance in primary school is high. However, not many students complete secondary school. Formal schooling offers the nation’s primary approach to comprehensive sexuality education.

Teaching strategies include peer education, school clubs, young people-friendly corners, media, Edu-sports and theatrical events.

SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

Sexual and reproductive health policies have been prioritizing maternal and child health over the years through programs such as “Safe Motherhood.” Policies also prioritize adolescent health and development, increasing prevention of STIs, HIV and AIDS.

Among women and girls age 15-24, HIV prevalence is double as compared to their male counterparts. However, young men report having higher levels of HIV and AIDS knowledge and a higher use of condoms.

GENDER AND CONTEXTUAL ISSUES

Young people centers have been used as an access point for providing health services and family planning to young people. However, they have not been very effective, with many reporting a shortage of health workers.

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...

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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...

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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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