The ESA Commitment is about securing

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Teachers are critical to improving HIV knowledge

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young people are at the center

Promoting healthy and safe learning environments

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Why Engage with the ESA Commitment


On 7 December 2013, Ministers of Education and Health from 20 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa agreed to work collaboratively towards the highest possible level of health, education, non-discrimination, and well-being of adolescents and young people.


20 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa adopted the ESA Commitment that assures adolescents young people access to Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Friendly Health Services as part of regional efforts to address high HIV infection, STIs and teenage pregnancy.

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With more that 65% of the region’s population, adolescents and young people are at the core of ESA Commitment. The region aspires for “a young African, a global citizen who is empowered, educated, healthy, resilient and socially responsible“. Play your part in realising the commitment.


Young people in Eastern and Southern Africa lack basic knowledge of and access to crucial sexual and reproductive heath information and services, including issues related to HIV and pregnancy prevention.

Enter Young People Today…an initiative, supported by the United Nations, the Southern African Development Community, the East African Community and Civil Society Organizations to improve the health and well-being of young people in the region.

News and Updates

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Do you want to join our writing team?

We are rolling out a new communication strategy. With it, we are also launching a new website and encouraging more followers on our social media channels - Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram and YouTube. As a young leader, YOU are…
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UNESCO launches the Early and Unintended Pregnancy Campaign

UNESCO launched a campaign to reduce Early and Unintended Pregnancy (EUP) in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) on 20th June 2018 during the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Ministers of Education Meeting in Durban, South Africa. The…
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20 ESA countries meet to review progress on the landmark ESA Commitment on Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Youth SRH Services

Government officials from ministries of education and health from 20 countries in the Eastern and Southern Africa met from 18 and 19 June 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa to review the East and Southern Africa (ESA) Commitment progress. The meeting…
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Four Countries in ESA Region to Pilot Connect-With-Respect-Tool on ending SRGBV

40 Master Trainers from Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania, as well as national partner, regional and global organisations,  have been involved in a workshop to adapt and pilot the Connect-With-Respect-Tool...
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UNESCO Tanzania Launches Anti-FGM Campaign in 5 Regions

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - UNESCO is supporting the organization of a one-month anti-FGM campaign in selected districts within the five regions with high prevalence namely Manyara, Dodoma, Arusha, Mara and Singida. The campaign is organized with…

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