UNESCO supports Ministry of Education and Culture to Strengthen Teacher Capacity in Delivering Comprehensive Sexuality and Reproductive Health Education
18 July 2014, Hotel Atlet Century Park, Jakarta
UNESCO supported the Indonesia National Commission for UNESCO and Ministry of Education and Culture to organize a workshop to strengthen teacher capacity in delivering Comprehensive Sexuality and Reproductive Health Education on the 18th July 2014.
The workshop was opened by Hasnah Gasim, National Coordinator of UNESCO ASPnet Indonesia, who welcomed participants to the workshop to discuss best practices on reproductive health education in the country. Hubert Gizjen, Director and Representative of UNESCO Jakarta Office, pointed out in his opening remarks that, in the absence of a cure to HIV/AIDS, education is the only vaccine available today. He further explained that Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is an agreed priority in the prevention response to the HIV epidemic as global best practices provide evidence that CSE has long term impacts on behavior change and is cost effective. He also welcomed the Ministry of Education and Culture who has committed to strengthen teacher capacity in delivering sexuality and reproductive health education. Dr. Femmy Eka Kartika Putri, Assistant Deputy for Basic Education, ECCE, and Community Education, Deputy for Coordinating Education and Religion, Coordinating Ministry for People’s Welfare, encouraged participants to connect the work of strengthening teacher capacity in delivering CSE with the latest Presidential Instruction on National Action Plan to Prevent Sexual Abuse in Children.
Discussions revolved around existing practices in reproductive health education, including modules, sensitive issues, such as the term ‘sexuality’, condoms, unintended pregnancy among adolescents and sexual abuse in children. The International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education (ITGSE) that was developed by UNESCO, UNFPA, WHO, UNICEF and UNAIDS, and was translated and adapted into Indonesian context by BKKBN, was referred to as a main reference to strengthen teacher capacity in delivering Comprehensive Sexuality and Reproductive Health Education.
Mrs. Noor Indrastuti, Book and Curriculum Center, Ministry of Education and Culture closed the workshop by thanking participants and committed to using the results of the workshop’s discussion to develop guidelines to integrate reproductive health education into 2013 curriculum.
For further information on this event, please contact: HIV Team UNESCO Jakarta at hiv.jakarta(at)unesco.org.
Download the Mr. Hubert Gijzen's Welcoming Remarks here