Sexuality education in South African schools
HEARD together with EDC, SFH and Mott MacDonald are implementing the School-Based Sexuality and HIV Prevention Education Activity, a 5-year contract. The activity will support the South African Government to reduce HIV infections in learners and teachers by assisting the Department of Basic Education to implement high quality, evidence-informed sexuality and HIV prevention education programs.
The five main objectives of the activity include the following:
- Increase number of teachers qualified to teach sexuality education
- Strengthen DBE’s capacity to provide education and training for teachers to teach sexuality and HIV education lessons in the classroom and improve life skills program
- Improve quality of school-based sexuality and HIV education programs – evidence informed and effective to reduce risky behaviours amongst school-going youth; improve learner knowledge and achievement in targeted areas of the life skills program
- Increase DBE capacity to work in partnership with the Department of Health to implement the Integrated School Health Program (ISHP); Reduce teenage pregnancy levels and retention of girls in school and increase potential to complete high school
- Improve systems to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the sexuality and HIV education program.