Burundi teachers receive training on sex education
from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI – TEACHERS from Burundi are in Nairobi to learn from their local colleagues about comprehensive sexuality education and how it can best be taught in secondary schools.
The session, which ends on Friday, would see the professionals visit the Centre for the Study of Adolescence (CSA).
Nongovernmental organisation, Rutgers WPF, is implementing the comprehensive sexuality education programme the World Starts with Me (WSWM) in schools in Kenya.
WSWM is a rights-based comprehensive sexuality education programme for young people between 12 and 19 years old.
The programme teaches boys and girls to understand and respect their own body and that of others as as well as empowering and supporting young people to make safe and informed choices about their sexuality and reproductive health.
According to Rutgers WPF Burundi is in the top ten of countries with the youngest population.
Young Burundians face serious challenges in addressing their sexual and reproductive health. Sex and sexuality are taboo subjects, contraception and family planning is frowned upon and schools lack a sexuality education curriculum.
As a result there are many unintended pregnancies, often as a result of forced or transactional sex. The number of illegal and unsafe abortions is high.
WSWM aims to address this information gap and counterbalance gender based violence and misconceptions around issues such a pregnancy and HIV.
It aims to contribute to gender equality and to improve the sexual and reproductive health of young people in Burundi.
– CAJ News
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