Uganda: Govt to Launch Sexuality Education Guidelines Today

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Kampala — The Ministry of Education will today launch a framework on sexuality education that all stakeholders will use following an outcry that school going children were being subjected to illegal content.

"The ministry recognises sexuality education as a very important component of school health education programmes as a way to empower young people with information and life skills that are age appropriate, culturally and religious sensitive, and that enable them to make safe and healthy life choices," reads a ministry statement.

Mr Ismail Mulindwa, the commissioner-in-charge of private schools, who oversaw the formulation of the framework yesterday, said the guidelines will enable the public follow when teaching sexuality education.

The launch will be at Kampala Parents with the First Lady also Education Minister as the chief guest.

With 33 per cent of the country's population below the age of 19, the ministry noted that they have a potential to drive and transform the economy if supported.

"Government noted that there was still a wide gap in effective delivery of sexuality education in the country and lack of written material dealing with standards for providing sexuality education. This resulted in different materials, mainly developed from outside Uganda to be wholly or partially adapted to fit the context of the country, without the knowledge and approval by government," reads part of the statement.

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