Scaling up sexuality education for young people: Namibia hosts dialogue on ground breaking ESA CommitmentShare
A significant number of young people in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) lack comprehensive sexuality education (CSE), an age-appropriate, culturally relevant approach to teaching about sex and relationships by providing accurate, realistic and non-judgemental information. In fact, only 30% of girls and boys in Eastern and Southern Africa have comprehensive knowledge of HIV.
On the 28 April 2015, UNESCO, UNFPA and UNAIDS in partnership with the Namibian Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and the Ministry of Health and Social Services met in Oshana Region to discuss crucial steps in bettering young people’s access to
comprehensive sexual education (CSE) and reproductive health services. The collaborative meeting was aimed at orienting the Namibian regions on the commitment and obtaining their buy in to contribute to attaining the ESA Commitment targets.
“We need governments to take leadership in the ESA Commitment. Only when we provide clear recommendations that translate into action plans can we expand and strengthen delivery viagra sans ordonnance of sexuality education for young people in schools as well as well as outside of schools.”, emphasizes Hon. Clemens Kashuupulwa, Governor of Oshana Region.
Last December marked the second year following the historic Eastern and Southern Africa ministerial commitment aimed at scaling up young people’s access to sexuality education and reproductive health services.
Evidence has shown that comprehensive sexuality education can effectively delay sexual activity, reduce unprotected sex and the number of sexual partners and increase protection against unintended pregnancy, STIs and HIV. In Namibia, key drivers for HIV infections include the lack of male circumcision, multiple partners, excessive alcohol use, transactional or intergenerational sex and lack of HIV testing. With adolescents and young people making up over one third of the region’s population, it is critical we act now.