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UNESCO AND PEKING UNIVERSITY JOIN HANDS TO SUPPORT GIRLS’ HEALTH EDUCATION IN AFRICA

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The Promoting School Health Education for Girls in Africa in the COVID-19 Era initiative was formally launched on 15th October 2021 at UNESCO Headquarters, as part of UNESCO’s celebration of the2021 International Day of the Girl, with the participation of Professor Peng Liyuan, First Lady of the People’s Republic of China and UNESCO Special Envoy for the Advancement of Girls’ and Women’s Education; Mr. Hao Ping, President of Peking University; Mr. Tian Xuejun, Vice‐Minister of Education and Chairperson of the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO and Ms. Audrey Azoulay, Director‐General of UNESCO.

This project aims at supporting collaboration between African countries and with China on Girls Health Education, promoting girls’ health and well-being amidst the Covid-19 pandemic through locally appropriate and relevant models and building supportive environments for girls’ health education through advocacy and capacity building. In its initial phase, the project will focus on three countries: Botswana, Nigeria and Uganda.

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During the first technical meeting on the initiative held online on 17 February 2022, representatives of Ministries of Education from Botswana, Nigeria and Uganda highlighted the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their education systems and underlined the relevance of the initiative in supporting ongoing efforts in improving girls’ health education in their respective countries. The meeting provided also the opportunity for the operational launch of the project in these three selected countries.

The other participants in the meeting included representatives of Peking University (PKU), UNESCO Priority Africa and External Relations (PAX) and the Education Sector, UNESCO National Programme Officers (NPO) for the three participating countries, UNESCO Regional Health Advisors for sub-Saharan Africa and UNESCO Field Office representatives from UNESCO Abuja, Harare and Nairobi Offices.

This initiative will indeed augment all the efforts that we are making as a country in supporting sexuality education and early & non-intended pregnancy programmes for girls
Ms. Rejoice Ramokate, Ministry of Basic Education, Botswana
The Peking University team stands committed to contribute our experience wherever needed, collaborating in this effort to identify and address the health education needs of girls and learning from best practices in the project
Prof. Yinghua Ma, Deputy Director, Institute of Child and Adolescent Health (ICAH), Peking University

The meeting approved the project’s workplan and agreed on the implementation of a rapid needs assessment planning to determine the priority areas of focus in support of girls’ health education within the three countries.  In closing the meeting, Mr. Chris Castle, Chief of Section, Health and Education, UNESCO Education Sector, welcomed the participation and engagement of Government Focal Points in the initiative and called for continued interaction and partnership, highlighting that clear and strong coordination will be key for success. He also warmly thanked Peking University for its generous contribution to and engagement in this project.

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