29.10.2012 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) Workshop: Addressing HIV, Drugs and Sexual Risk Behaviors for Youth in Formal and Non-Formal Sectors in the Philippines, October 29-30, 2012

On 29th October 2012, in Manila, the Philippines, UNESCO commenced the 2012-13 Project on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) addressing HIV, Drugs and Sexual risk behaviors for youth in Formal, Non-Formal and Informal Sectors.

The workshop was co-organized by UNESCO, PNAC, UNAIDS and DepED, engaged stakeholders from UNFPA, UNICEF and UNAIDS, PNAC, DepEd, TESDA (Technical Education and Skills development Authority), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Health, DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government), Philippines National Commission for UNESCO, Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (CEAP), Health Action Information Network (HAIN), National Youth Commission (NYC), Department of Labor and Employment – Occupational Safety and health Center (DOLE-OSCH) , Aids Society of Philippines (ASP), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Family Planning Organization of the Philippine (FPOP), Pinoy Plus Association (PPA), and other government partners, including civil society, especially youth networks 

Opening remarks by dignitaries of each respective agency were presented by: Undersecretary, Department of Education, Mr. Atty. Alberto T. Muyot; Dr. Michael Singh on behalf of Director of UNFPA Philippines, Ms. Ugochi Daniels, ; Mr. Ahmed Afzal on behalf of Director and Representative, UNESCO Office Jakarta Dr. Hubert J. Gijzen (link to speech), and the sessions were moderated by Dr. Roderick Poblete and Dr. Susan P. Gregorio of PNAC (Philippines National AIDS Comm.) The workshop was also attended by Commissioner Hon. Percival Cendana, National Youth Commission;

Closing comments were presented by Undersecretary, Department of Health, Dr. David J. Lozada Jr. 
and Mr. Ahmed Afzal on behalf of Dr. Hubert J. Gijzen of UNESCO on the 30th of October. (Link tospeech). 

In this event, UNESCO introduced the International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education (ITGSE). The ITGSE was launched in December of 2009, as a multi-agency, collaborative global effort involving UNESCO, WHO, UNFPA UNAIDS, and UNICEF. The two volumes can be downloaded from:http://www.unesco.org/new/en/hiv-and-aids/our-priorities-in-hiv/sexuality-education/international-technical-guidance-on-sexuality-education/

Additional activities in the two day workshop involved presentations of CSE from the Formal, Non-Formal and Informal Sector. These presentations were made by DepED, University of the East in Manila, TESDA (Technical Vocational Education and Training Institutions) and a Sex Specialist/Columnist from the informal sector. 

Further discussion revolved on ideas to establish a Steering Committee to provide guidelines and oversight for activities in the next two years for the UNESCO project. Plus, discussions entailed development of supplemental illustrative manuals for teachers, facilitators and trainers, based on ITGSE, in particular addressing HIV, STIs, sexual behavior, GBV, abuse, exploitation and harmful practices. The primary target of the material is for youth out of school and young key affected populations considering HIV transmission is rapid amongst these cohorts. 

The workshop was supported financially by UNESCO Regular Programme Funds and UBRAF (Unified Budget Results and Accountability Framework) funds from UNAIDS. 

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