Sweden grants SEK 45,800,000 million (around USD 7 million) to support Education and Health in Eastern and Southern Africa countries
In December 2012, Sweden, through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) concluded an agreement with UNESCO under which SEK 45,800,000 million (around USD 7 million) will be donated to UNESCO to support its activities to strengthen the sexual and reproductive health of young people in Eastern and Southern Africa by improving the quality and content of sexuality education in schools.
This three-year regional project will focus on building the capacity of the education sector to implement comprehensive sexuality education in the following six countries: Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. These countries were selected based on the need and readiness of partners to work towards strengthening sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention. Ten other ‘networking’ countries will receive seed funding and will benefit from regional level capacity building and lesson-sharing activities.
The project will address current gaps in sexuality education by working to build greater political commitment to delivering this important subject in schools. It also aims to support the review and revision of curricula to ensure they meet international standards and respond to the expressed and real needs of young people in each country. UNESCO will also focus its efforts on improving teacher education so that all teachers can feel confident and equipped with the appropriate information and pedagogical skills to teach this sensitive but critical subject. It is estimated that by the end of 2015 the project will have reached about 68,000 practicing teachers through in-service training modalities and approximately 15 million learners: 11,522,922 pupils at primary and 3,720,030 pupils at secondary level.
Sweden, through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), is one of UNESCO’s lead partners and donors providing support under a Programme Cooperation Agreement covering 4 years (PCA 2010-2013) through critical multi-donor programmes such as the CapEFA and the EFA Global Monitoring Report, as well as some trusts funds with UNESCO, and institutional support. This generous contribution comes in addition to annual contributions under the above-mentioned PCA.