11.09.2017 - UNESCO Office in Harare

UNESCO co-facilitates radio programme for young people on CSE in South Sudan

The media remains central in informing, educating and entertaining communities. In South Sudan, UNESCO and Smile Again Africa Development Organisation (SAADO) are co-sponsoring a radio talk show on comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) hosted on Eye Radio station titled Wanasa Dukuri which is aired every Wednesdays from 12-1 p.m.

Wanasa Dukuri, meaning Straight Talk in Arabic, intends to bring to light the challenges faced by adolescents and young people such as peer pressure, early sexual debut, gender based violence, adolescent pregnancies, early marriage, HIV among other health related topics.

The programme which targets policy makers, teachers, young people, parents and guardians, calls for the provision of information and services for young people in a bid to have a well-informed youth populace that can realise positive health and education outcomes in South Sudan.

Wanasa Dukuri focuses on CSE which provides scientifically accurate, age and culturally appropriate information pertaining to sexual and social relations.

The radio talk show is in line with the 2013 Ministerial Commitment on CSE and access to sexual and reproductive health services (SRHS) for adolescents and young people in Eastern and Southern Africa.

In South Sudan, statistics from the education department reveal that about 10 percent of school dropouts in both primary and secondary schools are attributed to pregnancy and child marriage despite the existence of laws that prohibit marriage before 18 years.

Through the Ministry of General Education and Instruction (MOGEI) and the Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Sports in South Sudan, CSE has been mainstreamed into the curriculum which has seen the development of teaching and learning materials meant for both in and out of school youth.

South Sudan is one of the countries in Eastern and Southern Africa implementing CSE programmes under the UNESCO/Swedish funded project which aims to strengthen sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention among adolescents and young people.

For more information you can contact p.machawira(at)unesco.org or c.lado(at)unesco.org

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