The Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future (O3 ) programme, started in 2018, seeks to improve sexual and reproductive health (SRH), gender, and education outcomes for adolescents and young people (AYP) in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
This is a five years (2018-2022) project, supports delivery of good quality comprehensive sexuality education that empowers adolescents and young people and builds agency, while developing the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and competencies required for preventing HIV, reducing early and unintended pregnancies, and Eliminating gender-based violence.
With additional support from the government of Sweden, Tanzania was selected as one of the six Programme Acceleration Countries (PAC), other countries are Eswatini, Ghana, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. As one of PAC, Tanzania is receiving significant support to undergo a programme acceleration to enable deepening the scope of existing activities in order to achieve an almost full-scale implementation of CSE.
The Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future (O3) project in Tanzania aims at contributing to improved health and education outcomes for all learners through support to national education sectors and other key stakeholders to adopt a comprehensive approach to students’ health and well-being. This in turn will contribute to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly those at the nexus of education, health and gender equality.
The specific objective of Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future (O3) project in Tanzania is to ensure a safer environment for teachers and learners through support Life skills based, SRHHIV and GBV education through:
- Securing and sustaining strong political commitment and support for adolescents and young people’s access to comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) and SRH services across SSA
- Delivering accurate rights-based, and good quality CSE programmes that provide the knowledge, attitudes, and skills essential for gender equality, safer behaviours, and reduced adolescent pregnancy
- Supporting provision of safer, healthier, and more inclusive school and community environments for all young people
- Strengthening the evidence base on CSE and safer school environment
- Secure and sustain strong political commitment and support for Adolescents and young people access to CSE and sexual reproductive Health services in Tanzania
- Support delivery of accurate, right-based, and good quality CSE programmes that provide knowledge, values and skills essential for safer behaviours, reduces adolescent pregnancy and gender equality
- Ensure that schools and community environments are safer, healthier, and inclusive for all young people.
- Strengthen the evidence based on CSE and safer school environments