EVERY YOUNG PERSON HAS THE RIGHT TO A FULL AND HEALTHY LIFE
As governments, development agencies, civil society, community leaders and parents, we have a duty to prepare and support adolescents and young people with the right information and skills to make safe and healthy decisions about their life and future.
Better education and public health will be hugely beneficial to the health and development of these young people.
This period of their lives is a time of enormous vibrancy, discovery, innovation, and hope. Yet, it is also the time when they face many sexual and reproductive health challenges, including early and unintended pregnancy, HIV and sexually transmitted infections, gender-based violence, and child marriage – all of which can undermine education opportunities, especially for girls, and affect future health and opportunities.
Investing in the education and health of adolescents and young people at the right time ensures that they transition into healthy adults who can contribute productively to the economy.
Eastern and Southern Africa
has 158 million young people aged 10-24,
a number that is expected to rise to
281 million by 2050
Country level coordination
Across the region, all ESA Commitment countries have either established a new or utilized an existing coordinating mechanism with clear terms of reference to guide the implementation of the ESA Commitment, many of them explicitly multi-sectorial.
Countries with technical working groups that are guided by clear terms of reference are better able to ensure a comprehensive and joint national response for addressing the issues of adolescents and young people.
Regional level coordination
The ESA Commitment process is steered by a High-Level Group (HLG) of 10 champions and leaders with a firm interest in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.
The HLG is assisted by a Technical Coordinating Group (TCG), whose key task is to provide technical, administrative, and financial support to the ESA Commitment process.
Together they play a critical role in advocating for the ESA Commitment in regional and local contexts, in addition to overseeing a unified regional vision.
The Regional Economic Communities are the lead in championing accountability and overseeing implementation of the ESA Commitment.
Snippets from the session co- hosted by UNESCO, UNAIDS, Unfpa Esaro and the Government of Cote D' Ivoire on the sidelines of the ongoing 2017 International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infection in Africa (ICASA).
The session was moderated by the UNAIDS Director Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa (RTESA) Dr Catherine Sozi and graced by Honourable Kandia Camara – Cote d’Ivoire Minister of National Education & Technical Education, Honourable Mokhele Moletsane – Lesotho Minister of Education & Training, Honourable Michael Lopuke Lotyam – South Sudan Undersecretary of General Education and Instruction and Ms Lorence Kabasele – President of Afriyan Eastern and Southern African Region - Afriyan ESA
Dr. Catherine Sozi, “We are all ambassadors of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) as it is not against any culture or religion but builds support to the cultural and religious pillars of society”
Mr. Michael Lopuke Lotyam, “When a country is preparing for war, it does not buy ammunition during the war but well before the war breaks out. In the same vein, CSE serves to empower young people and adolescents to face head on their sexuality and changes in them that may lead to risky behaviour if not properly harnessed.”
Ms Lorence Kabasele, “Let us leave no one behind in the journey. This calls for measures to be put in place that brings CSE to the illiterate out of school adolescent and parent who do not understand English, French or Portuguese. Let us have the guidance translated into the local languages too.” ... See MoreSee Less