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Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our World Poetry Day contest. Every submission was so beautiful and thoughtful – it is amazing to see such talent!

It was a very tough decision but it is with great excitement that we announce this years winner: upcoming writer and poet, Lekpele M. Nyamalon.

Lekpele’s entry, titled “Forgotten Future”, shares with us what he thinks young people deserve in a simple and beautifully haunting poem. Congratulations, Lekpele!

Forgotten future

We don’t crave the stars
But a light to shine on our paths
That we stumble not

Not the moon
Just a space to play at night
And beam with innocence

We hope not for diamonds
But a precious gift of dignity
Buried beneath our ground

Let our girls live
And go to school too
Spare them from rape and genital mutilation

Our little boys aren’t men
For arms and drugs
Leave them

Give the earth when you’re done
We might need it
Free from pollution

We need a life
At least once
Is that hard?

 

About the Author:

Lekpele M. Nyamalon is an upcoming Liberian writer and poet. He has featured at several open-mic events across Liberia and contributes regularly to the Poetry column of the Daily Observer Newspaper in Liberia.  Lekpele has featured at the Liberian National Museum Arts exhibition as a guest poet and the One billion rising of the vagina monologues in Monrovia. He was recently selected as a participating Poet, along with other West African Poets on a Poet’s residency on Goree Island, Senegal organized by the Open Society Initiative of West Africa (OSIWA) to articulate their views of a new Africa .

[:en]2014 has been a year full of impressive progress from countries involved in the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Commitment. Since the signing of the commitment in December 2013, huge strides have been made to deliver comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services for young people.

As we ring in a new year, join us as we take a look at just some of the country progress and event highlights from this past year…

Youth Career Festival in Namibia Provides Comprehensive Sexuality Education
March 2014

An annual youth career festival was hosted in Namibia that provided SRH services to approximately 4,000 young people who attended. Condom demonstrations and free integrated HIV and SRH services, including HIV testing, were provided.

Zambian Government Implements National Programme on Comprehensive Sexuality Education
April 2014

The national CSE programme launched in April of this past year targets 1,750,000 young people, between the ages of 10 to 24, with a new CSE curriculum. Part of this includes strategies to give young people easier access to HIV testing and other necessary health services.

The overall goal is for adolescents and young people in Zambia to receive better sexual and reproductive health services and education, with a focus on preventing new HIV infections and unintended pregnancies.

The President of Malawi Signs Commitment to End Child Marriage
July 2014

On 25th July 2014 the President of Malawi, His Excellency Peter Mutharika, signed the SADC Commitment to end child marriages. Following the signing of the commitment, a national campaign on ending child marriages was launched in October.

Also being developed, the Malawi Cabinet has endorsed the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Bill, which will be taken to Parliament for passing to become a law. The proposed law would make 18 the minimum age of marriage for girls and boys, addressing a major shortfall in Malawi’s previously made efforts.

HIV/AIDS Awareness Workshops held at Cultural Festival in Mozambique
August 2014

The National Cultural Festival, organized by the Ministry of Culture in Inhambane, Mozambique, hosted domestic and international artists, cultural agents, and practitioners for a weeklong celebration of diversity.

The festival took place this past August and included HIV/AIDS awareness workshops that were jointly organized by UNESCO and UNFPA and led by Associação Coalizão da Juventude Moçambicana.

By focusing on scaling up Comprehensive Sexuality Education and capacity building in Eastern and Southern Africa, the workshops provided participants with access to high quality comprehensive sexuality education, increasing their knowledge on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

South Sudan Ministry of Education Prepares Integration of Comprehensive Sexuality Education into Curriculum
September 2014

Over 60 stakeholders gathered at the Millennium Hotel in Juba, South Sudan, for a three-day workshop to discuss the strategies of integrating CSE into schools. The National Ministry of Eduction, Science and Technology (MOEST) has been preparing for the integration of CSE over the past year. The aim is to strengthen HIV prevention and fostering positive health outcomes in South Sudan with the theme: Young people today, time to act now.

The outcome of the government led process motivated key education partners, including: MOEST, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF and Light for the World to improve integration of CSE into Life Skills guidelines.

Inaugural Intergenerational Dialogue on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights takes place in Uganda
September 2014

At this event, 250 individuals including, youth, elders, civil society organizations, policy makers and educators from across Uganda were brought together to discuss how to strengthen effective and meaningful involvement of young people in sexual reproductive health rights.

Discussions at the event covered technical, contextual, cultural, religious, age and gender dynamics, offering a platform for young people to engage with leaders from government, the private sector and civil societies to share stories, recommendations and perspectives on concerns and issues in regards to sexual and reproductive health rights.

The even highlights important lessons learned from the experiences of older advocates of sexual health, and offered a safe space for young people to opening discuss the issues facing their generation.

 ASRHR 2014 Symposium hosted in Lusaka, Zambia
December 2014

The Investing in Adolescents Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV 2014 Symposium was hosted in Lusaka, Zambia early December.

Over 1,500 delegates, from 29 countries were in attendance and of those attendees, 350 young people stood up to speak out for issues that directly impact them and their rights.

Throughout the symposium, permanent secretaries and their representatives from Eastern and Southern Africa shared their country progress in the implementation of the commitment.
These are only a small fraction of the incredible strides that have been made in the past year. For more information on country progress please take a look at our one-year progress report here:

One Year in Review – English

Bilan D’une Année – Francais

Resumo De Um Ano – Português

 [:pt]2014 foi um ano de progresso impressionante de países envolvidos no Compromisso da África Oriental e Austral (AOA). Desde a assinatura do compromisso em dezembro de 2013, enormes passos foram dados para proporcionar a educação sexual compreensiva (ESC) e os serviços de saúde sexual reprodutiva (SSR) aos jovens.

Ao começarmos um novo ano, junte-se a nós ao olharmos para alguns dos progressos e pontos altos de eventos do passado ano…

Festival de Carreiras da Juventude na Namíbia oferece educação sexual compreensiva
Março-14

Um festival anual de carreiras da juventude que oferece serviços de SSR foi apresentado na Namíbia a aproximadamente 4,000 jovens participantes. Demonstrações de preservativos e serviços integrados grátis de VIH e de SSR, incluindo testes ao VIH, foram oferecidos.

O Governo da Zâmbia Implementa um Programa Nacional sobre educação sexual compreensiva
Abril-14

O programa nacional de ESE lançado em abril deste ano que passou tem como alvo 1,750,000 jovens entre as idades de 10 a 24, com um novo currículo de ESC. Em parte, isto inclui estratégias para dar aos jovens um acesso mais fácil a testes de VIH e outros serviços de saúde necessários.

O objetivo principal é de que adolescentes e pessoas jovens da Zâmbia recebam melhores serviços de saúde sexual e reprodutiva e educação, centrando-se em prevenir novas infeções de VIH e gravidezes não intencionadas.

O Presidente do Malawi Assina o Compromisso para Acabar com o Casamento Infantil
ulho-14

No dia 25 de julho o Presidente do Malawi, Sua Excelência Peter Mutharika, assinou o Compromisso SADC para acabar com os casamentos infantis. Seguindo-se à assinatura do compromisso, uma campanha nacional para acabar com os casamentos infantis foi lançada em outubro.

Também a ser desenvolvido, o Gabinete do Malawi endossou o projeto lei do das relações de Casamento, Divórcio e Família, que será levado ao Parlamento para passar a ser lei. A lei proposta fará com que a idade mínima de casamento seja 18 anos para raparigas e rapazes, abordando um grande défice nos esforços previamente feitos pelo Malawi.

Workshops de Sensibilização de VIH/SIDA apresentados no Festival Cultural de Moçambique
Agosto-14

O Festival Cultural Nacional, organizado pelo Ministério da Cultura em Inhambane, Moçambique, apresentou artistas nacionais e internacionais, agentes de cultura, e praticantes para uma celebração da diversidade ao longo de uma semana.

O festival teve lugar no passado agosto e incluiu workshops de sensibilização do VIH/SIDA conjuntamente organizados pela UNESCO e a UNFPA e liderados pela Associação Coalizão da Juventude Moçambicana.

Centrando-se em ampliar a Educação Sexual Extensiva e a capacidade de construir na África Oriental e Austral, os workshops ofereceram aos participantes o acesso à alta qualidade de educação sexual compreensiva, aumentando o seu conhecimento sobre a saúde e direitos da saúde sexual e reprodutiva.

O Ministério da Educação do Sudão do Sul Prepara a Integração da Educação Sexual Compreensiva no Currículo.
Setembro-14

Mais de 60 partes interessadas juntaram-se no Millennium Hotel em Juba, Sudão do Sul, para um workshop de três dias para discutir as estratégias de integração da ESE nas escolas. O Ministério da Educação, Ciências e Tecnologia (MDEST) esteve a preparar-se para a integração da ESE no passado ano. O objetivo é reforçar a prevenção de VIH e promover resultados de saúde positivos no Sudão do Sul com o tema: Jovens hoje, é tempo de agir agora.

O resultado do processo conduzido pelo governo motivou parceiros chave de educação incluindo: o MDEST, a UNESCO, a UNFPA, a UNINICEF e a Light for the World para melhorar a integração da ESE na orientação de Competências de Vida.

O Diálogo Inaugural Entre Gerações sobre os Direitos da Saúde Sexual e Reprodutiva será realizado no Uganda.
Setembro-14

Neste evento, 250 indivíduos, incluindo os jovens, as pessoas mais velhas, as organizações sociais civis, os responsáveis políticos e educadores de todo o Uganda juntaram-se para discutir como reforçar o envolvimento significativo e eficaz dos jovens nos direitos da saúde sexual e reprodutiva.

As discussões deste evento incidiram sobre a dinâmica técnica, contextual, cultural, religiosa e de idades e sexo (género), oferecendo uma plataforma para jovens participar com líderes do governo, do setor privado e sociedades civis para partilhar histórias, recomendações e perspetivas sobre problemas e preocupações a respeito dos direitos de saúde sexual e reprodutiva.

O evento destaca lições importantes aprendidas das experiências de antigos defensores de saúde sexual, e ofereceu um espaço seguro para os jovens discutirem abertamente os problemas que a sua geração enfrenta.

 O Simpósio SRHR 2014 apresentado em Lusaca, Zâmbia
Dezembro-14

O Simpósio 2014 do Investimento na Saúde e Direitos da Saúde Sexual e Reprodutiva e VIH foi apresentado em Lusaca, Zâmbia no principio de dezembro.

Mais de 1,500 delegados de 29 países participaram e desses que participaram, 350 jovens levantaram-se para falar dos problemas que têm impacto direto neles e nos seus direitos.

Durante todo o simpósio, secretários permanentes e os seus representativos da África Oriental e Austral partilharam o progresso dos seus países na implementação do compromisso.
Esta é apenas uma pequena fração dos passos incríveis que foram dados no ano passado. Para mais informações sobre o progresso dos países ver o nosso relatório de progresso de um ano aqui:

One Year in Review – English

Bilan D’une Année – Francais

Resumo De Um Ano – Português

 [:fr]2014 a été une année pleine de progrès de la part des pays impliqués dans l’Engagement de l’Afrique Orientale et Australe (AOA. Depuis la signature de l’Engagement en Décembre 2013, d’énormes progrès ont été réalisés pour offrir une éducation sexuelle et des services de santé sexuelle et reproductive (SSR) pour les jeunes.

Alors que nous entrons dans une nouvelle année, rejoignez-nous et jetons un coup d’œil à la progression des pays et aux points forts de cette année écoulée …

Le festival des carrières pour les jeunes en Namibie fournit une éducation sexuelle
Mars 2014

Un festival annuel de carrière des jeunes a été organisé en Namibie qui a fourni des services de SSR à environ 4000 jeunes qui y ont assisté. Démonstrations de préservatifs et de services VIH et de SSR intégrés gratuits, y compris le dépistage du VIH, ont été fournis.

Gouvernement zambien met en œuvre le Programme national sur l’éducation sexuelle
Avril 2014

Le programme national d’éducation sexuelle lancé en Avril de cette année écoulée vise 1.750.000 jeunes, âgés de 10 à 24, avec un nouveau programme d’éducation sexuelle. Une partie comprend des stratégies pour donner aux jeunes un accès plus facile au dépistage du VIH et à d’autres services de santé nécessaires.

L’objectif général est pour les adolescents et les jeunes en Zambie pour recevoir de meilleurs services de santé sexuelle et reproductive et une éducation, avec un accent sur la prévention des nouvelles infections au VIH et sur les grossesses non-désirées.

Le Président du Malawi signe l’Engagement sur la fin du mariage des enfants
Juillet 2014

Le 25 Juillet 2014, Son Excellence Peter Mutharika, Président du Malawi, a signé l’Engagement mettant fin au mariage des enfants. A la suite de la signature de cet engagement, une campagne nationale relative à la fin du mariage des enfants a été lancée en Octobre.

Également développé, le Cabinet du Malawi a approuvé le projet de loi relatif au mariage, au divorce et aux relations familiales, qui sera présenté au Parlement afin de devenir une loi. Le projet de loi fait de 18 ans l’âge minimum du mariage pour les filles et les garçons, faisant ainsi face à un déficit important des efforts déjà réalisés par le Malawi.

Des ateliers de sensibilisation au VIH / SIDA tenus pendant le festival culturel au Mozambique
Août 2014

Le Festival culturel national, organisé par le Ministère de la Culture à Inhambane, au Mozambique, a accueilli des artistes nationaux et internationaux, des agents culturels, et des praticiens pour une semaine de célébrations de la diversité.

Le festival a eu lieu en août et comprenait des ateliers de sensibilisation au VIH / SIDA qui ont été organisés conjointement par l’UNESCO et le FNUAP et dirigés par Associação da Juventude Coalizão Moçambicana.

En mettant l’accent sur l’intensification de l’éducation sexuelle  et le renforcement des capacités en Afrique Orientale et Australe, les ateliers ont donné aux participants l’accès à une éducation sexuelle de qualité, en augmentant leurs connaissances sur les droits et la santé sexuelle et reproductive.

Le ministre de l’Éducation du Sud-Soudan prépare l’intégration de l’éducation sexuelle dans les programmes
Septembre 2014

Plus de 60 intervenants se sont réunis à l’Hôtel Millennium à Juba, au Sud- Soudan, pour un atelier de trois jours afin de discuter des stratégies d’intégration de l’éducation sexuelle dans les écoles. Le ministère de l’Éducation Nationale, des Sciences et de la Technologie a préparé l’intégration de l’éducation sexuelle au cours de l’année écoulée. L’objectif est de renforcer la prévention du VIH et la promotion de résultats positifs sur la santé dans le Sud-Soudan sur le thème: Les jeunes d’aujourd’hui, c’est maintenant le temps d’agir.

Le résultat du gouvernement a conduit à la motivation des partenaires clés de l’éducation, y compris: MOEST, l’UNESCO, le FNUAP, l’UNICEF et Lumière pour le Monde à améliorer l’intégration de l’éducation sexuelle dans les lignes directrices des connaissances de la vie quotidienne.

Un dialogue intergénérationnel inaugural sur les droits de la santé sexuelle et reproductive a lieu en Ouganda
Septembre 2014

Lors de cet événement, 250 personnes, y compris les jeunes, les aînés, les organisations de la société civile, les décideurs et les éducateurs à travers l’Ouganda se sont réunis pour discuter des moyens de renforcer la participation effective et significative des jeunes sur les droits de la santé sexuelle et reproductive.

Les discussions tenues lors de l’événement ont porté sur les dynamiques techniques, contextuelles, culturelles et religieuses, offrant une plate-forme pour les jeunes pour s’engager avec les dirigeants du gouvernement, le secteur privé et la société civile et partager des histoires, des recommandations et des points de vue sur les préoccupations et les enjeux relatifs aux droits de la santé sexuelle et reproductive.

Les points forts, dans le domaine de la santé sexuelle, ont été tirés de l’expérience des avocats et des ainés de la santé, et ont offert un espace sécurisé pour les jeunes en ouvrant des discussions sur les enjeux de leur génération.

Le Colloque IDSSRA 2014 s’est tenu à Lusaka, en Zambie
Décembre 2014

Le Colloque Investissement dans les Droits et la Santé Sexuelle et Reproductive des Adolescents et le VIH de 2014 VIH a été organisé à Lusaka, en Zambie, début Décembre.

Plus de 1 500 délégués, provenant de 29 pays étaient présents et, parmi ces participants, 350 jeunes se sont levés pour parler des questions qui influent directement sur eux et sur leurs droits.

Tout au long du colloque, les secrétaires permanents en Afrique Orientale et Australe et leurs représentants ont partagé la progression de leurs pays dans la mise en œuvre de l’Engagement.

 

Ce n’est qu’une petite fraction des progrès incroyables qui ont été faits l’année dernière. Pour plus d’informations sur les progrès des pays, veuillez jeter un coup d’oeil à notre état d’avancement de cette année-ci :

One Year in Review – English

Bilan D’une Année – Francais

Resumo De Um Ano – Português

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[:en]Today marks World AIDS Day. Every year, December 1st is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.

According to UNICEF there were 2.1 million adolescents (10–19 years) living with HIV in 2013, 80% of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa, and many of whom still do not know their HIV status.

We believe  that young people deserve adequate information and health services to prevent the spread of HIV. Take a stand today and help us spread the word![:pt]Hoje é marcado o Dia Mundial da SIDA. Todos os anos, o dia 1 de dezembro é dedicado a sensibilizar as pessoas para a pandemia da SIDA causada pela propagação da infeção do VIH.

Segundo a UNICEF havia 2.5 milhões de adolescentes (10-19 anos) a viver com o VIH em 2013, 80% dos quais vivem na África subsaariana, e muitos dos quais ainda não sabem do seu estatuto de portadores de VIH.

Acreditamos que os jovens merecem informações e serviços de saúde adequados para prevenir a propagação do VIH. Manifeste-se hoje e ajude-nos a espalhar a mensagem![:fr]Aujourd’hui est un jour marqué par la Journée Mondiale du Sida. Chaque année, le 1er Décembre est consacré à la sensibilisation à la pandémie du sida causée par la propagation de l’infection au VIH.

Selon l’UNICEF, il y avait 2,1 millions d’adolescents (10-19 ans) atteints du VIH en 2013, dont 80% vivant en Afrique sub-saharienne, et beaucoup d’entre eux ne connaissent toujours pas leur statut de séropositif.

Nous croyons que les jeunes méritent des services adéquats d’information et de santé pour prévenir la propagation du VIH. Prenez position aujourd’hui et aidez- nous à faire passer le message.[:]

[:en]Every girl has the right to complete a quality education – however, the realities are that many do not make it through to their graduation. Teenage pregnancy is a significant cause to increased school dropout, with persistently high rates across Eastern and Southern Africa exceeding two times the global average.

A consultation held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 4-5 November 2014, discusses the key role education plays in eliminating high numbers of unintended teenage pregnancy. The event brings together representatives from Ministries of Education, Ministries of Health, UN and bilateral partners, civil society organizations and research partners from across Eastern and Southern Africa.

In addition to the increased health risks, young girls who become pregnant face difficult choices with life-long consequences. It could mean expulsion from home and school; being shamed and stigmatized by family, community members and peers; increased vulnerability to violence and abuse, or greater poverty and economic hardship.

In order to combat early and unintended pregnancy, strengthening the education sector – at all levels – is crucial. Not only does education help in preventing early and unintended pregnancy but also to ensure all women and girls receive full access to the education they deserve.

Jointly organized by UNESCO, UNFPA, Ford Foundation and Population Council (Kenya), one of the major outcomes of the consultation has been the development of a regional report on the education sector’s response for eliminating early and unintended pregnancy across Eastern and Southern Africa.[:pt]Todas as raparigas têm o direito de completar uma educação de qualidade – porém, a realidade é que muitas não chegam a se formar. A gravidez de adolescentes é uma causa significativa do aumento do abandono escolar, com taxas altas persistentes em toda África Oriental e Austral excedendo duas vezes a media global.

Uma consulta realizada em Joanesburgo, África do Sul de 4-5 de novembro de 2014, discute o papel importante que a educação desempenha em eliminar os altos números de gravidezes não intencionadas de adolescentes. O evento junta representantes dos Ministérios da Educação e da Saúde, da UN e dos parceiros bilaterais, das organizações de sociedades civis e parceiros de pesquisa de toda a África Oriental e Austral.

Para além do aumento dos riscos de saúde, raparigas jovens que ficam grávidas enfrentam escolhas difíceis com consequências para o resto da vida. Pode significar serem expulsas de casa e da escola; serem envergonhadas e estigmatizadas pela família, membros da comunidade e colegas; aumento da vulnerabilidade à violência e ao abuso, ou pobreza maior e dificuldades económicas.

Para combater a gravidez precoce e não intencionada, reforçar o setor da educação – a todos os níveis – é fundamental. A educação não só ajuda a prevenir a gravidez precoce e não intencionada mas também ajuda a assegurar que todas as mulheres e raparigas recebam acesso completo à educação que merecem.

Conjuntamente organizada pela UNESCO, UNFPA, Ford Foundation e Population Council (Quénia), um dos maiores resultados da consulta foi o desenvolvimento de um relatório regional sobre as repostas do setor da educação para eliminar a gravidez não intencionada por toda a África Oriental e Austral.[:fr]Chaque fille a le droit de compléter une éducation de qualité. Cependant, la réalité est que beaucoup n’arrivent pas jusqu’à la fin de leur études. La grossesse des adolescentes est une cause importante de l’augmentation de l’abandon scolaire, avec la persistance de taux élevés dans toute l’Afrique Orientale et Australe, dépassant deux fois la moyenne mondiale.

Une consultation a eu lieu à Johannesburg, en Afrique du Sud les 4 et 5 Novembre 2014, afin d’examiner le rôle clé que joue l’éducation dans l’élimination du nombre élevé de grossesses non-désirées chez les adolescentes. L’événement a réuni des représentants des ministères de l’Éducation, des ministères de la Santé, de l’ONU et des partenaires bilatéraux, des organisations de la société civile et des partenaires de recherche de toute l’Afrique Orientale et Australe.

En plus des risques accrus pour la santé, les jeunes filles qui deviennent enceintes doivent faire des choix difficiles qui entraînent des conséquences tout au long de leur vie. Cela peut entrainer l’expulsion de leur maison et l’école; l’humiliation et la stigmatisation par la famille, les membres de la communauté et les pairs; l’augmentation de la vulnérabilité à la violence et aux abus, ou une plus grande pauvreté et des difficultés économiques.

Afin de lutter contre les grossesses précoces et non désirées, le renforcement du secteur de l’éducation – à tous les niveaux – est crucial. Non seulement l’éducation aide dans la prévention des grossesses précoces et non-désirées, mais aussi elle assure que toutes les femmes et les filles bénéficient d’un accès à l’éducation complète qu’elles méritent.

Organisée conjointement par l’UNESCO, le FNUAP, la Fondation Ford et le Conseil de la Population (Kenya),  la Consultation a eu, comme un des principaux résultats, l’élaboration d’un rapport régional sur la réponse du secteur de l’éducation pour l’élimination précoce des grossesses non désirées à travers l’Afrique orientale et australe.[:]

Every two years, the Ministry of Culture organizes the National Cultural Festival in the province of Inhambane in Mozambique. The festival hosts domestic and international artists, cultural agents, and practitioners for a weeklong celebration of diversity. This year, the festival took place from the 13th to 20th of August and included HIV/AIDS awareness workshops that were jointly organized by UNESCO and UNFPA and led by Associação Coalizão da Juventude Moçambicana.

By focusing on scaling up Comprehensive Sexuality Education and capacity building in Eastern and Southern Africa, the workshops provided participants access to high quality sexuality education, increasing their knowledge on sexual and reproductive health and rights. About 50 young people attended each workshop, which were led by Associação Coalizão da Juventude Moçambicana, an NPO that works in the area of Sexual and Reproductive Health for adolescents and youth, and whose focus is primarily on young girls, HIV/AIDS and gender issues.

“The workshops raised awareness on various issues of Sexual and Reproductive Health and on emerging issues related to HIV and AIDS prevention. Sessions were interactive and encouraged participants to make confident and educated decisions about their sexual health. Young people learned and practiced how to use both male and female condoms and were able to speak freely and contribute to discussions,” said Angelina Tivane with UNESCO.

“The Festival provided an opportunity to host these important workshops on Comprehensive Sexuality Education. The sessions highlighted important issues that directly effect young people in Mozambique, issues such as sexuality and reproductive health and HIV and AIDS prevention.”

The National Cultural Festival showcases the contemporary and ethnic heritage of Mozambique, as well as the commitment of the State to cultural diversity and to programmes, such as Comprehensive Sexuality Education. Going forward, a level of collaboration and innovation with other sectors, such as industry, commerce and finance, will further solidify the country’s commitment to the economy of cultural production, but also national development.