Promoting Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Rural Communities in Abuja

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15
Oct

SEGEI and UNESCO Partner to Promote Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Rural Communities

SEGEI is pleased to implement the project Promoting Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) Among Adolescents and Young People (AYP) in Rural Communities in Abuja with funding support from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Government of Sweden. This is part of the O3 Nigeria “Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future” Programme.

According to the National AIDS and Reproductive Health Survey (NARHS) 2012, about 160,000 adolescents aged 10-19 years are living with HIV in Nigeria. Adolescents and young people (AYP) make up one of the key populations for HIV/AIDS intervention. Most of these AYP are infected due to lack of access to the information and services they need to live healthy lives. Pregnancy and childbirth complications are the leading cause of death among 15-19 year old girls. There is inadequate HIV knowledge among AYP in Nigeria due to the culture of silence around sexual health and accessing information from unreliable sources. As described by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), “Comprehensive sexuality education includes scientifically accurate information about human development, anatomy and reproductive health, as well as information about contraception, childbirth and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.”

The goal of this project is to sensitize and increase awareness on CSE among 2000 in-school and 200 out-of-school female and male AYP in two rural communities in Abuja, namely Waru and Orozo. We will train and equip 50 AYP as CSE counselors to help youths make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. The project will also include a one-day sensitization of 30 community leaders and parents on the importance of CSE for youths.

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