Government

  • Take the lead and own the ESA Commitment as a key joint platform for addressing the needs of young people, supported closely by the RECs, COMESA, EAC and SADC.
  • Prioritize increased access to CSE and SRH services for all girls and boys – in and out of school, regardless of marital or pregnancy status – to address the disturbingly low HIV and AIDS knowledge levels among young people and the challenges they still face in accessing SRH services.
  • Recognize the strategic significance of working across sectors (education, health gender, justice, and youth) to support joint action, while increasing domestic financing for young people’s SRH programmes.
  • Invest in programmes that encourage girls to remain in school; ensure that schools are safe and equitable places for learning; support access to SRH services for young people; enforce legislation to eliminate child marriage; strengthen child protection systems, with an emphasis on legal reform; and strengthen norms and standards that eliminate discrimination based on gender.
  • Prioritize filling the gaps in knowledge and evidence around adolescents’ and young people’s health, education and rights. To ensure that interventions and resources are well targeted, there is a need to strengthen data collection mechanisms at all levels, while that data is definitely dis-aggregated by sex, age economics status, and geographical location.
  • Continue working together towards a common vision of a young African, a global citizen, who is empowered, educated, healthy, resilient, and socially responsible – an autonomous decision-maker who has the capacity to reach their full potential and contribute to the development of their community, country, and the region.