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UNESCO Consultancy for evidence review on sexuality education

Defined as “an age-appropriate, culturally relevant approach to teaching about sex and relationships by providing scientifically accurate, realistic, non-judgmental information”, sexuality education provides opportunities to explore one’s own values and attitudes and to build decision making, communication and risk reduction skills about many aspects of sexuality.

To assist education, health and other relevant authorities to develop and implement school-based sexuality education materials and programmes, UNESCO, in partnership with UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO published in 2009 the, International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education (ITGSE): An evidence-informed approach for schools, teachers and health educators. The publication was released in two volumes: Volume I focuses on the rationale for sexuality education and provides sound technical advice on characteristics of effective programmes, while Volume II focuses on the topics and learning objectives to be covered in a ‘basic minimum package’ on sexuality education for children and young people from 5 to 18+ years of age and includes a bibliography of useful resources.

Since the publication, UNESCO, several UNAIDS cosponsors and other international partners have advocated for ‘comprehensive sexuality education’ (CSE) for all adolescents and youth, and as an essential component of quality education. Many member states have highlighted sexuality education as a priority within their national programmes and policies – often using different names for the programme but with the objective of improving health education; addressing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) issues such as HIV and early pregnancy; as well as having an important role in promoting gender equality and addressing gender-related discrimination or violence.

With the passage of time, and the expanded understanding of the role of comprehensive sexuality education, it is timely that this internationally referenced resource be reviewed with the aim of updating its content to reflect the evidence and lessons learned from implementing sexuality education programmes across diverse education settings. The updated content will also capture new thinking on the scope and position of sexuality education in the Education 2030 agenda, and its relevance to the achievement of multiple SDGs goals, noting in particular goal 4 on quality education, goal 3 on good health and wellbeing and goal 5 on gender equality.

Information on the Consultancy's scope of work, as well as details on how to submit an expression of interest, are provided in the Terms of Reference below.

The deadline for submission is midnight, Central European Time on Sunday 10 July, 2016.

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