New online toolkit for comprehensive sexuality education

UNESCO IITE presents the online toolkit for comprehensive sexuality education in Russian language for specialists working in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Life skills education, relationship and sexuality education, family life education, or HIV education. Countries use many different names, but the objective remains the same, providing all young people with evidence-based, age-appropriate information to help them develop the skills and values they need to grow up healthy and happily.

To help those designing or reviewing such programmes, UNESCO has developed an online toolkit. It brings together and distills evidence on effective comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) programmes, and points to relevant resources to refer to different stages of CSE programme design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. The toolkit provides information that is useful for designing a CSE programme at a national level as well as at a local or school level including how to get started, what program design, management, and assessment should look like, the kind of teacher training and support that needs to be in place, and what community engagement looks like.

Good quality CSE includes education about human rights, human sexuality, gender equality, puberty, relationships, and sexual and reproductive health. It is essential for young people to be able to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancy, HIV, and sexually transmitted infections, to promote values of tolerance, mutual respect, and non-violence in relationships, and to support a safe transition into adulthood.

The CSE toolkit is hosted on the website of the UNESCO Health and Education Resource Centre. It is now available in English, Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese.