Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) Enables Young People to Protect their Health, Well-being and Dignity 

Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) takes a holistic approach to sexuality. It provides children, youth and also adults with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that they need to experience their sexuality in a safe and satisfactory way – physically and emotionally, individually and in relationships. CSE covers various topics such as the body and sexuality, relations and feelings, reproduction and pregnancy, STIs, boundaries, gender and sexual orientation, sex and the media, and sex and society. 

 

According to the Comprehensive Sexuality Educatiin: Advancing Human Rights, Gender Equality and Improved Sexual and Reproductive Health (UNFPA) comprehensive sexuality education must do the following:

 

  • Foster respect for human rights and diversity

  • Encourage critical thinking skills and young people's participation in decision making

  • Nurture attitutes that promote gender equality and inclusion

  • Adapt to suit the age, culture and needs of young people

  • Communicate a positive, life-cycle approach to sexuality

  • Contain scientifically accurate information

  • Offer a safe and healthy learning environment

  • Include participatory teaching methods to help strengthen communication skills and decision-making abilities

  • Address gender inequality, vulnerabilities, exclusion and human rights violations, including gender-based violence and sexual abuse

Read more:

International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education (UNESCO, Unaids, UNFPA, Unicef, UN Women, WHO; 2018) 

UNFPA (2010) Comprehensive Sexuality Education:Advancing Human Rights, Gender Equality and Improved Sexual and Reproductive Health