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  1. Coming of age in the classroom: religious and cultural barriers to comprehensive sexuality education

    This paper elucidates evidence which underscores anxieties and panic about sexuality and sexual behaviour of young people influenced by movements advancing a distinct religious identity, and the implications for advocacy on advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). Synthesised in this document is evidence from two countries - Bangladesh and India - on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), an area of controversy (to varying degree) in both countries. Evidence from each country stem from national studies on the influence of religion on CSE, and are qualitative in nature. …

  2. Integrating gender and rights into sexuality education: field reports on using It's All One

    International policy agreements, along with emerging evidence about factors influencing programme effectiveness, have led to calls for a shift in sexuality education toward an approach that places gender norms and human rights at its heart. Little documentation exists, however, about the degree to which this shift is actually taking place on the ground or what it entails. Field experiences in using new curriculum tools, such as It's All One, offer one lens onto these questions. To gain a sense of practitioners' experience with this tool, a two-part exercise was conducted. …

  3. What do young people think about their school-based sex and relationship education? A qualitative synthesis of young people’s views and experiences

    Objectives: Although sex and relationship education (SRE) represents a key strand in policies to safeguard young people and improve their sexual health, it currently lacks statutory status, government guidance is outdated and a third of UK schools has poor-quality SRE. We aimed to investigate whether current provision meets young people's needs. Design: Synthesis of qualitative studies of young people's views of their school-based SRE. Setting: Eligible studies originated from the UK, Ireland, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Iran, Brazil and Sweden. …

  4. Improving life skills based education: Pakistan

    As everywhere in the world, adolescence is quite a challenging phase in the lives of young people in Pakistan. Girls and boys need support to not only understand all the emotional, social and physical changes they experience but also to help them transition into adulthood – safely and happily. Due to very strict and deeply felt societal and religious norms they are currently not getting this support, at home or at school. Sexuality is a taboo subject in most parts of Pakistani society. Even talking about bodily changes is con¬sidered ‘not done’. …

  5. The status of HIV prevention, sexuality and reproductive health education: Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

    The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) regional office for the Pacific in Fiji commissioned this review of education sector responses to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in four Pacific countries: Fiji, Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In line with UNICEF’s mandate, the focus of the review was on the learners: young people aged 10-24. …

  6. Development of behaviour change communication (BCC) strategies for preventing adolescent pregnancy. Final project report

    The Department of Health (DOH) embarked on a Project entitled Development of Behavior Change Communication (BCC) Strategy for Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy as part of its Adolescent and Youth Health and Development (AYHD) Program. The Project generally aims to contribute to the reduction of adolescent pregnancy through behavior change communication strategies. It specifically seeks to promote positive and responsible sexual behavior among adolescents to enable them to prevent early and unintended adolescent pregnancy and its concomitant consequences. …

  7. Lessons learned from a review of interventions for adolescent and young key populations in Asia Pacific and opportunities for programming

    BACKGROUND: Over a third of new HIV infections globally are among 15-24 year-olds and over 20% among adolescents aged 10-19 years in Asia Pacific. The review was initiated to identify interventions in the region with demonstrated or potential impact for adolescent and young key populations (YKP) looking at the role of individual and structural factors in accessibility and delivery. The review is a component of a more comprehensive review undertaken by UNICEF and partners in the region. METHODS:This was a desk review of over 1000 articles, and 37 were selected. …

  8. Love, sexual rights and young people: Learning from our peer educators how to be a youth-centred organisation

    This report examines the findings of an external assessment of the A+ programme, an innovative IPPF youth-led programme funded by Danida. The A+ programme was implemented by IPPF’s Member Associations in 16 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Central America. Its overriding goal was to increase access to sexual and reproductive health services and comprehensive sexuality education for young people, and to promote their sexual and reproductive health and rights. …

  9. Parent-teen communication about sex in urban Thai families

    This study describes sexual communication among Thai parents and their teens and identifies variables related to communication about sex in urban Thai families. Data were derived from 420 families whose teenage children ages 13-14 years were randomly selected using the probability proportional to size technique. Interviews were conducted with 1 parent and 1 teenage child in each family. In-depth interviews were also conducted in 30 parents and teens drawn from the same 420 families. …

  10. Reproductive health of adolescents module: trainer's guide

    The trainer's guide serves as a text reference to the Trainers' Manual of the Reproductive Health of Adolescents Module (RHAM) developed by FFPAM as a guide for educators, youth peer educators involved in the promotion of adolescent reproductive health. The RHAM is organized into seven key concepts. The seven concepts are: Understanding my body; Taking care of my health; We are equal; Reproductive rights and responsibilities; Me and my values; My friends and I; and My family and I. Each concept has specific topics which are delivered through activities. …

  11. Reproductive health of adolescents module: trainer's manual: my friends and I

    This module, "My Friends and I" is one of the seven concepts presented in the Reproductive Health of Adolescents Module (RHAM) developed by FFPAM as a guide for educators, youth peer educators involved in the promotion of adolescent reproductive health. The module covers the following topics: friendship, relationship, and pressure-free from friends. …

  12. Reproductive health of adolescents module: trainer's manual: me and my values

    This module, "Me and My Values" is one of the seven concepts presented in the Reproductive Health of Adolescents Module (RHAM) developed by FFPAM as a guide for educators, youth peer educators involved in the promotion of adolescent reproductive health. The module deals with values and decision making regarding the reproductive and sexual health matters. …

  13. Reproductive health of adolescents module: trainer's manual: we are equal

    This module, "We are Equal" is one of the seven concepts presented in the Reproductive Health of Adolescents Module (RHAM) developed by FFPAM as a guide for educators, youth peer educators involved in the promotion of adolescent reproductive health. The module presents the concept of gender: similarities and differences, gender stereotyping, gender roles and responsibilities. …

  14. Reproductive health of adolescents module: trainer's manual: understanding my body

    This module, "Understanding My Body" is one of the seven concepts presented in the Reproductive Health of Adolescents Module (RHAM) developed by FFPAM as a guide for educators, youth peer educators involved in the promotion of adolescent reproductive health. The module covers physical growth and emotional development during puberty, reproductive system and sexual response, and feelings of adolescents about their body image. …

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