Addressing HIV and AIDS
Kenya rolls out International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education for domestication
Prevention of HIV infection among young people and empowering them with comprehensive information remains a daunting task in Kenya due to the socioculturaland religious perspectives that make sexuality education remain a sensitive/taboo issue. In an attempt to improve the quality of life skills and sexuality education that young people receive, Kenya’s Ministry of Education (MoE),in partnership with UNESCO, USAID and FHI convened a two days national consultative forum on the domestication of the International
Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education. The Technical Guidance was developed at the global level by UNESCO in partnership with UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO. Prior to the consultative meeting, the Ministry of Education through the Kenya Institute of Education gave a comprehensive report on the International Technical Guidance based on the national policy and legal framework which forms the basis for the adoption.
The National Stakeholders forum held at Mt. Kenya Safari Club brought together stakeholders from MoE top management, UN family, USAID and national and international NGOs. The forum was officially opened by Prof. Ole Kiyiapi, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education while Mr. Joseph Massaquoi, the Director of UNESCO Nairobi Office gave the opening remarks. At the end of the two day consultative meeting the following recommendations were made to facilitate the domestication of the Technical Guidance:
• The process of further domestication be led by the Ministry of Education through Kenya Institute of Education (KIE);
• A technical committee comprising key stakeholders be formed with MoE acting as the Chair and KIE as the convener;
• A concept note outlining the social gap on information for young people be drafted with the aim of submitting it to the Education Task Force for inclusion in their report;
• An all inclusive stakeholders forum be convened to deliberate on the concept note before being submitted to the task force.