Harare, Zimbabwe – The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has granted a sum of $100,000 towards UNESCO’s efforts to reduce Early and Unintended Pregnancy (EUP) in the East and Southern Africa region. The grant will allow for the EUP campaign to contribute to this goal, highlighting the causes and, raising awareness on the consequences of EUP and reducing stigma towards pregnant girls as well as advocating for improved delivery of comprehensive sexuality education and access to services for adolescents and young people in the ESA region.

The campaign was officially launched on 20th June 2018 during the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Ministers of Education Meeting in Durban, South Africa and will run until December 2020.

 

The campaign takes place within the context of the ESA Ministerial Commitment Initiative, whose overall goal is to ensure that adolescents and young people in sub-Saharan African (SSA) are empowered, educated, healthy and resilient and, have the capacity to reach their full potential and contribute to the development of their community, country and region.

 

The campaign is aimed at reducing and preventing early and unintended pregnancy and affording girls who get pregnant an opportunity to continue with their education.

 

Specifically, the campaign will;

 

  • Advocate for the development and operationalization of EUP prevention, management and re-entry policies to facilitate the right of girls to complete education.
  • Advocate for the integration of CSE content on access to contraceptives, gender equality and power dynamics within relationships in developing the learners’ and adolescent girls’ knowledge and skills to prevent pregnancy.
  • Promote adolescents and young peoples’ access to health education and services (incl. contraception) by advocating for the establishment of referral system between schools and health facilities.
  • Raise awareness on the dangers of unsafe abortions among adolescent girls and young women and mobilize advocacy action to remove legal and policy barriers to safe abortions for all women.

 

UNESCO is a specialized UN agency leading work on health and well-being for children and young people within the formal, non-formal and informal education sectors. UNESCO will partner with SAfAIDS, UNFPA and Save the Children in implementing the campaign. Financial support for the campaign will come from Packard Foundation, Government of Sweden through the Regional Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) team in Lusaka, Zambia and, the Government of Ireland through Irish Aid.

 

UNESCO is seeking services of consultants to support the Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SEACMEQ) in preparations for the fifth project planned for the period 2018-2021.

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Call for consultants: Enhance delivery of parent-child communication programmes to improve health and well-being of young people in Eastern and Southern Africa.

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UNESCO is seeking to enter into a partnership with an African youth SRHR network for the purposes of engaging adolescents and young people in the ongoing regional multi-media campaign on preventing early and unintended pregnancy (EUP) in East and Southern Africa.

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The vacancy announcement for a HIV and Health Programme Assistant  in Johannesburg Antenna Office, Education Sector.

Title: HIV and Health Programme Assistant

Domain: Education/HIV and Health Education Organizational

Unit: Education Sector Duty Station: Johannesburg Antenna Office, South Africa

Type of contract: Service Contract

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About 50 Members of the Parliament participated in a two-day workshop, from 22nd – 23rd November 2018, in recognition of the urgency to fast-track HIV legislation in South Sudan. The workshop, which was held in Juba, was co-organised by UNESCO and the specialised Committee on Health and HIV of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA). The event was held in collaboration with the South Sudan HIV/AIDS Commission (SSAC) and UNAIDS. The MPs represented 16 specialised committees.

In her opening remarks, the Deputy Speaker of the TNLA, Honourable Ms. Awel Mawien, stated that despite the disease being a challenge, its impact can be reversed. She reminded the Members of Parliament that it was part of their responsibility to enlighten their communities about the existing prevention and treatment opportunities.

She further added that the possible dividends of the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict would lead to more financial resources for the health sector. Therefore, the onus was on the legislators to advocate for more resources for the health sector.

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Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) lays the foundation for life and love. Yet too few young people have the knowledge and skills they need to grow up healthily and happily. UNESCO’s Foundation of Life and Love campaign (#CSEandMe) aims to highlight the benefits of good quality CSE for all young people.

What does CSE mean to you? Join the conversation at #CSEandMe https://on.unesco.org/csecampaign