Education Programme Specialist at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, Dr Bruno Dzounesse says Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is a curriculum based process of teaching and learning about the cognitive, emotional, physical and social aspects of sexuality.
The CSE seeks to equip children and young people with knowledge, skills, attributes and values that empower them to achieve health, well being and dignity. It also aims at developing respectful social and sexual relationships.
It helps young people to consider how their choices affect their own well-being and that of others.
The CSE also empowers youths to understand and ensure the protection of their rights throughout their lives.
The programme provides opportunities to acquire holistic, accurate, evidence-informed and age appropriate information on sexuality.
It addresses sexual and reproductive health issues including menstruation, modern contraception, pregnancy and childbirth as well as HIV and STIs.
It also integrates ways by which gender norms influence gender inequalities and well-being of young people.
Ways in which cultural norms and behaviours affects peoples choice and relationships are also included.
The Inspector General of Education at the Ministry of Secondary Education, Professor Awoundja Nsata Catherine saluted the UNESCO organised seminar which also covered reflection on the ability by young people to make informed choices and build healthy relationship with family, peers, friends, romantic or sexual partners.
She said comprehensive sexuality education is being taught in school in the bid to delay sexual relationship to the appropriate age and time in the lives of individuals.