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Ethiopia delegation learns about Comprehensive Sexuality Education

24 March 2015

UNFPA and UNESCO Rwanda partnered with Girl Hub Rwanda and the Ministry of Health to host a delegation from Ethiopia including the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education, Girl Hub-Ethiopia, for a study tour to learn how the Adolescent and Sexual Reproductive Health/Rights policy and strategic plan addresses young peoples’ health issues, especially those of a young girl.

At the request of the delegates, the hosts presented about the joint partnership to implement comprehensive sexuality education (CSE), highlighting the progress and challenges.

Ms Flavia Mutamutega representing the Ministry of Health highlighted the contribution of an enabling policy environment to the success of the ASRHR program, whose policy is under review and the strong partnership between Government and the different stakeholders.

The Deputy Representative of UNFPA, Mr. Daniel Alemu highlighted the need to identify entry points for the implementation of CSE emphasizing the opportunity for the revision of the education curriculum to integrate CSE and how the school setting is better placed to educate young people about their health. “We are very happy and privileged to play this role in sexuality education in Rwanda,” he said

Mr. Andrew Gasozi Ntwali, a Programme Officer for UNESCO, said that although tools are available to guide countries in the implementation of CSE there is no one size fits all for its implementation hence the need for countries to look at their respective contexts or needs. He underlined the need to create a strong partnership under the leadership of Government for a multi-sectoral implementation of the comprehensive sexuality education programme.