THE ESA COMMITMENT MARKED A NEW ERA FOR THE REGION.
By working together on a common agenda for adolescents and young people, we can deliver comprehensive sexuality education and sexual reproductive health (SRH) services.
A young African, a global citizen who is empowered, educated, healthy, resilient and socially responsible – an autonomous decision-maker and has the capacity to reach their full potential and contribute to the development of their community, country, and the region.
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A BETTER FUTURE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.
On 7 December 2013, in Cape Town, South Africa, Ministers of Education and Health from 20 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) agreed to work collaboratively towards a vision of young Africans who are global citizens of the future, who are educated, healthy, resilient, socially responsible, informed decision-makers, and have the capacity to contribute to their community, country, and region.
They affirmed a commitment to the right to the highest possible level of health, education, non-discrimination, and well-being of current and future generations. The Commitment had two sets of targets to be achieved in 2015 and 2020 respectively.
20 COUNTRIES IN EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA MADE THE COMMITMENT
TO SCALE-UP COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION AND SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH INFORMATION AND SERVICES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.
In late 2013, under the leadership of UNAIDS and with the support of the Regional Economic Communities (EAC and SADC), the UN initiated a process that aimed to develop and implement a commitment to the needs and rights of young people. The initiative has now expanded to include core UN partners and civil society organizations from across the region.
The commitment has brought together both education and health sector, policy makers and young people: to collaborate and strengthen sexual and reproductive health and rights. The endorsed commitment has an accountability clause that binds the countries to deliver on certain targets in a given time period. Targets have been set for both 2015 and 2020.
This week, from 12 to 15 September 2017 delegates will be hosted for a regional workshop on measuring the delivery of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA). The workshop will take place in the resort town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Attending the four day workshop will be education policy-makers, Education Management Information System (EMIS) officers, UNESCO National Programme Officers, Sexuality, Health and HIV focal persons from 17 countries in the ESA region.
The media remains central in informing, educating and entertaining communities.
UNESCO and Smile Again Africa Development Organization (SAADO) In South Sudan are co-sponsoring a radio talk show on Comprehensive Sexuality Education titled Wanasa Dukuri aired every Wednesdays from 12-1 p.m. on Eye Radio station.