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Panelists during an episode on Wanasa Dukuri

The media remains central in informing, educating and entertaining communities. In South Sudan, UNESCO and Smile Again Africa Development Organization (SAADO) are co-sponsoring a radio talk show on Comprehensive Sexuality Education titled Wanasa Dukuri aired every Wednesdays from 12-1 p.m. on Eye Radio station.

Wanasa Dukuri, meaning Straight Talk in Arabic, intends to create a platform to discuss challenges faced by young people which include peer pressure, early sexual debut, gender based violence, adolescent pregnancies, early marriage, HIV among other health related topics.

The programme which targets policy makers, teachers, young people parents and guardians calls for the provision of information and services for young people in a bid to have a well-informed youth populace that can realize positive health and education outcomes in South Sudan.

Wanasa Dukuri aims to reach out to over 1 million listeners with scientifically accurate, age and culturally appropriate information.[:]

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As part of efforts to ensure all young people have access to comprehensive, life-skills based sexuality education, UNESCO screened a new video at the 18-July Eastern and Southern Africa Commitment Progress Review Meeting, on the side-lines of this year’s International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. The video, ‘Being a Young Person’, looks at the challenges young people face as they navigate the journey to adulthood, and outlines how comprehensive sexuality education (CSE), can make this journey easier, more certain and healthier.

[:pt]An initiative that brings together policy makers, young people and civil society to strengthen sexuality education and reproductive and sexual health services in eastern and southern Africa. By having adequate access to these services, young people are empowered to make their own decisions about their health, preventing HIV/AIDS and unexpected pregnancies.[:fr]An initiative that brings together policy makers, young people and civil society to strengthen sexuality education and reproductive and sexual health services in eastern and southern Africa. By having adequate access to these services, young people are empowered to make their own decisions about their health, preventing HIV/AIDS and unexpected pregnancies.[:]

[:en]Evidence has shown that comprehensive sexuality education that is scientifically accurate, culturally and age-appropriate, gender-sensitive and life skill-based can provide young people with the knowledge, skills and efficacy to make informed decisions about their sexuality and lifestyle. Read more

[:en]Written and photos taken by Taban Robert Aggrey, journalists in Juba, South Sudan

‘Stigmatization is one of the leading factors discouraging young people from attending youth friendly health facilities’ said Dr. Victoria Achut, Director for the HIV Department, Ministry of Health South Sudan in her opening address during a journalist training workshop earlier this month.

Journalists in South Sudan will be utilizing their critical role in the community to break down detrimental barriers caused by stigma. A three-day training workshop, conducted by UNESCO, was hosted last week, 5-7 October 2015, in efforts to build greater knowledge among journalists on sexuality education. The training is the first of its kind, targeting broadcast media and radio personnel to develop scripts that will disseminate critical information to young people, parents, and communities across the country of South Sudan.

Stigma and discrimination hinder many young people from accessing crucial sexual and reproductive health care that they need. This includes receiving HIV testing and treatment, contraceptives and pregnancy care. Although the need to defuse stigma and discrimination is widely accepted across South Sudan and Eastern and Southern Africa, it is still prevalent in many communities.

Journalists in the workshop

Journalists in the workshop

Topics that will air on radio and broadcasting stations include healthy relationships, puberty and body reproduction, sexuality, gender and human rights, STIs and HIV/AIDS prevention, pregnancy and contraception, among others. There will also be further information linking young people to youth friendly centers that help them better access health supports and services they need.

“The Ministry of Health and South Sudan AIDs Commission are committed to addressing the issues of sexuality and HIV prevention especially among young people in and out of schools,” said Dr. Victoria.

She revealed that countries like Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Botswana, Angola, and Zimbabwe have succeeded in establishing youth friendly centers – South Sudan will need to follow suit.

Dr. Victoria applauds the efforts of UNESCO and other development partners for trying hard to address the issues of stigma, ensuring every young person may practice their basic human right to sexual and reproductive health information and services.

Habib Dafalla, the Director General of Programme Coordination, South Sudan AIDS Commission (SSAC), said getting the media trained is one crucial way of helping to “crack down” on HIV prevalence in South Sudan. He further emphasized that journalists have an important role to play in sharing life-saving knowledge and skills to young people across the country.

Wishing the journalists good luck in their places of work. He urged to use the knowledge and skills they learned to have impactful coverage across the whole of South Sudan.[:pt]Written and photos taken by: Taban Robert Aggrey, journalists in Juba, South Sudan

‘Stigmatization is one of the leading factors discouraging young people from attending youth friendly health facilities’ said Dr. Victoria Achut, Director for the HIV Department, Ministry of Health South Sudan in her opening address during a journalist training workshop earlier this month.

Journalists in South Sudan will be utilising their critical role in the community to break down detrimental barriers caused by stigma. A three-day training workshop, conducted by UNESCO, was hosted last week, 5-7 October 2015, in efforts to build greater knowledge among journalists on sexuality education. The training is the first of its kind, targeting broadcast media and radio personnel to develop scripts that will disseminate critical information to young people, parents and communities across the country of South Sudan.

Stigma and discrimination hinders many young people from accessing crucial sexual and reproductive health care that they need. This includes receiving HIV testing and treatment, contraceptives and pregnancy care. Although the need to defuse stigma and discrimination is widely accepted across South Sudan and Eastern and Southern Africa, it is still prevalent across many communities.

Journalists in the workshop

Journalists in the workshop

Topics that will air on radio and broadcasting stations include healthy relationships, puberty and body reproduction, sexuality, gender and human rights, STIs and HIV/AIDS prevention, pregnancy and contraception, among others. There will also be further information linking young people to youth friendly centres that help them better access health supports and services they need.

“The Ministry of Health and South Sudan AIDs Commission are committed in addressing the issues of sexuality and HIV prevention especially among young people in and out of schools,” said Dr. Victoria.

She revealed that countries like Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Botswana, Angola, and Zimbabwe have succeeded in establishing youth friendly centres – South Sudan will need to follow suit.

Dr. Victoria applauds the efforts of UNESCO and other development partners for trying hard to address the issues of stigma, ensuring every young person may practice their basic human right to sexual and reproductive health information and services.

Habib Dafalla, the Director General of Programme Coordination, South Sudan AIDS Commission (SSAC), said getting the media trained is one crucial way of helping to “crack down” on HIV prevalence in South Sudan. He further emphasized that journalists have an important role to play in sharing life-saving knowledge and skills to young people across the country.

Wishing the journalists good luck in their places of work. He urged to use the knowledge and skills they learned to have impactful coverage across the whole of South Sudan.[:fr]Written and photos taken by: Taban Robert Aggrey, journalists in Juba, South Sudan

‘Stigmatization is one of the leading factors discouraging young people from attending youth friendly health facilities’ said Dr. Victoria Achut, Director for the HIV Department, Ministry of Health South Sudan in her opening address during a journalist training workshop earlier this month.

Journalists in South Sudan will be utilising their critical role in the community to break down detrimental barriers caused by stigma. A three-day training workshop, conducted by UNESCO, was hosted last week, 5-7 October 2015, in efforts to build greater knowledge among journalists on sexuality education. The training is the first of its kind, targeting broadcast media and radio personnel to develop scripts that will disseminate critical information to young people, parents and communities across the country of South Sudan.

Stigma and discrimination hinders many young people from accessing crucial sexual and reproductive health care that they need. This includes receiving HIV testing and treatment, contraceptives and pregnancy care. Although the need to defuse stigma and discrimination is widely accepted across South Sudan and Eastern and Southern Africa, it is still prevalent across many communities.

Journalists in the workshop

Journalists in the workshop

Topics that will air on radio and broadcasting stations include healthy relationships, puberty and body reproduction, sexuality, gender and human rights, STIs and HIV/AIDS prevention, pregnancy and contraception, among others. There will also be further information linking young people to youth friendly centres that help them better access health supports and services they need.

“The Ministry of Health and South Sudan AIDs Commission are committed in addressing the issues of sexuality and HIV prevention especially among young people in and out of schools,” said Dr. Victoria.

She revealed that countries like Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Botswana, Angola, and Zimbabwe have succeeded in establishing youth friendly centres – South Sudan will need to follow suit.

Dr. Victoria applauds the efforts of UNESCO and other development partners for trying hard to address the issues of stigma, ensuring every young person may practice their basic human right to sexual and reproductive health information and services.

Habib Dafalla, the Director General of Programme Coordination, South Sudan AIDS Commission (SSAC), said getting the media trained is one crucial way of helping to “crack down” on HIV prevalence in South Sudan. He further emphasized that journalists have an important role to play in sharing life-saving knowledge and skills to young people across the country.

Wishing the journalists good luck in their places of work. He urged to use the knowledge and skills they learned to have impactful coverage across the whole of South Sudan.[:]

[: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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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.

We know education is critical to the prevention of HIV and AIDS across Eastern and Southern Africa – but how do we measure its impact?

Last week, August 4-5, 2014, UNESCO and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat hosted a regional workshop in Botswana to provide Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) staff with technical support to collect data on education’s response to HIV and AIDS. Representatives from nine countries attended the training, including Angola, Botswana, DRC, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

UNESCO, working with a number of governments and agencies along with the UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) developed global indicators in February 2013 to integrate within the Education Management Information Systems. This workshop was now the training to help countries integrate these indicators.

These indicators, being incorporated into national surveys and census frameworks, are the first of its kind. It will be the first time monitoring and evaluation results like this at the regional level will be gathered and collected for the annual HIV Report developed by SADC.

“This process will not only increase the capacity of data collection and indicators that are currently available but more so, to build appreciation and awareness of the Education sector’s contribution in response to comprehensive sexuality education and HIV,” said Dr. Patricia Machawira, Regional Health Education and HIV Advisor with UNESCO in her opening remarks during the workshop.

“This work is crucial to measuring the Education sector’s response to the HIV epidemic in this region,” said Ms. Lomthandazo Mayimbela, SADC Senior Education Officer in her welcoming speech. “Through such training, we can help deliberate and guide HIV indicators to enable governments to make informed decisions.”

At the end of the two-day workshop, Countries agreed that this training would need to cascade across the region and down to the provincial, district and school levels.

On behalf of the delegates from the 9 member states who participated in the workshop, Ms Dlamini, Director of Education Testing Guidance and Psychosocial Services Department in Swaziland expressed her gratitude. “This information and training has come at an opportune time. It will enable us to track and share the education sector’s contribution to the ESA Commitment Targets.”