In Summary
  • A Unesco study asserts that CSE programmes don’t increase sexual activity.

  • In fact, it’s confirmed that most programmes reduce misinformation and increase correct knowledge by clarifying values and reinforcing positive attitudes.

  • It was found that programmes delayed initiation of sexual intercourse by 37 per cent, reduced frequency of sex by 31 per cent, and increased use of condoms/contraception by 40 per cent.

We live in a society that condemns sex and sexuality as immoral. Because of this, not many are candidly taught about sexuality from an affirming, empowering and non-biased perspective hence the profound misinformation towards Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE).

SAFE PRACTICES

United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) defines CSE as a rights-based and gender-focused approach to sexuality education, whether in or out of school, taught over several years, providing age-appropriate information consistent with evolving capacities of youth. It includes scientifically accurate information of human development, anatomy, reproductive health, contraception, childbirth and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.

From this description, it is clear CSE is not, as some wrongly believe, a programme initiating youth into randy behaviour. Rather, it offers adequate age-appropriate knowledge aiding informed choices. This is presently needed in Kenya at a time when teen pregnancies, STIs and rape are on the rise.

A Unesco study asserts that CSE programmes don’t increase sexual activity. In fact, it’s confirmed that most programmes reduce misinformation and increase correct knowledge by clarifying values and reinforcing positive attitudes. Specifically, it was found that programmes delayed initiation of sexual intercourse by 37 per cent, reduced frequency of sex by 31 per cent, reduced number of sexual partners by 44 per cent and increased use of condoms/contraception by 40 per cent.

For instance, countries like Netherlands made CSE mandatory since 1993, with 97 per cent of secondary and 50 per cent of primary schools including sexuality information in their curriculum by incorporating it within existing subjects such as Biology. This equips students with a capacity to identify safe and unsafe sexual practices with significant gains including teen pregnancies dropping by up to 85 per cent.

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