Comprehensive sexuality education provides young people with opportunities to explore their values and attitudes and build skills so they can make safe decisions and reduce their risk of getting diseases such as HIV. It is different from “sex education” in that it encompasses more broadly sexuality as a whole – a person’s identity, orientation and expression. Comprehensive sexuality education is mainly taught in schools as you see here, but can also be received at home, in churches and mosques and through other community forums.
In December 2013, Ministers of Education and Health from 20 ESA Countries affirmed and endorsed their joint commitment to deliver comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services to young people.
This is a joint initiative between national governments, the UN (UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO), SADC, EAC, civil society and development partners.