• A curriculum-based process of teaching and learning about the cognitive, emotional, physical, and social aspects of sexuality. It aims to equip children and young people with knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values that will empower them to: realize their health, well-being, and dignity; develop respectful social and sexual relationships; consider how their choices affect their own well-being and that of others; and understand and ensure the protection of their rights throughout their lives. (UNESCO et al. 2018)
  • Effective comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) enables young people to adopt positive sexual behaviours. The recent decline in HIV of more than 25 per cent in high burden African countries has been attributed to young people adopting protective behaviours as well as investments in programmes for young people

CSE aims to equip children and young people with knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values that will empower them to:

  • realize their health, well-being, and dignity;
  • develop respectful social and sexual relationships;
  • consider how their choices affect their own well-being and that of others; and,
  • Understand and ensure the protection of their rights throughout their lives.”
  • Supporting adolescent girls at risk of, or affected by, child marriage to stay in school through the lower secondary cycle and acquire life skills, enabling them to make choices and exercise their rights.
  • Promoting community dialogue and social mobilization to ensure that households demonstrate positive attitudes and behaviours toward investing in and supporting adolescent girls.
  • Supporting health, education and other relevant systems to deliver quality, cost-effective services that meet the needs of adolescent girls.
  • Advocating in favour of national laws, policy frameworks and mechanisms to protect and promote adolescent girls’ rights, ensure that they are aligned with international standards and that adequate resources are available to carry them out.
  • Assisting governments and partners to support the generation and use of robust data and evidence to inform policy and programming, track progress and document lessons.