UNAIDS Tsehaiu Medhin commends Zambia’s Comprehensive Sexual Reproductive Education
By Evans Sinjela
United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Country Director Tsehaiu Medhin says comprehensive sexuality education supports a better health future for school going children and adolescents.
Ms. Medhin expressed worry that school going children do not have access to preventive measures such as condoms to protect themselves from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s), HIV related illnesses and unplanned pregnancies.
Officiating at a two-day United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Media Training discussing High level meeting on the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Ministerial Commitment on sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents and young people as a Developmental issue’ at Cresta Golfview Hotel in Lusaka, facilitated by UNESCO Team Leader Alice Saili, UNESCO Program Officer-Education and Curriculum, Mwilu L. Mumbi, and Mark Maseko, Communication Officer, UNICEF Zambia, Ms. Medhin said lack of knowledge to sexual reproductive health leads to early marriages, early and unplanned pregnancies amongst the adolescents.
Ms. Medhin said the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) commitment signed in 2013 by Zambia is a clear indication that the country is keen in attaining zero HIV\AIDS infections in 2030.
Ms. Medhin said UNAIDS is working together with government to ensure that adolescents are protected through the school curriculums.
Ms. Medhin said this is the reason why teachers in school are currently been trained to offer the special education to the pupils,the program which is aimed at impacting knowledge of sexual reproduction is currently 100% operational in all the 10 (Ten) provinces. The Global Goals for Sustainable Development United Nations (UN)
Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2. End hunger achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages
Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
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Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. Written and Edited by Derrick Sinjela Rainbow Zambia and the Zambian Developmental Media Alliance (ZADEMA). www.derricksinjela.blogspot.com