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.
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
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
#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