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What works for sexualtiy education in a conservative muslim society

What works for sexualtiy education in a conservative muslim society

Pakistan is a nation of Youth – 60 percent of 168 million people are below 24 years of age. World Population Foundation has been implementing sexuality education (Life Skill Based Education) in Pakistan for last 5 years. It is one of the unique interventions on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for school going adolescents. In-spite of a conservative society, WPF has successfully developed Sexuality Education Programme through an ‘inclusive and culturally appropriate approach’ where as similar programmes in secular societies have faced severe resistance. About 70,000 adolescents in 11 districts have completed the sexuality education curriculum (50 percent girls).

Sustainability is built-in into the programme through meaningful participation of governments, partner NGOs, schools, religious leaders and community and volunteer teachers. The Impact Assessment of programme has shown significant change in the behaviors of students. Developing and implementing sexuality curriculum in Pakistan was not an easy process, firstly sexuality particularly of young people and women is considered a taboo and purely a private affair. Secondly, the government faces immense pressure from religious political parties. Thirdly, academics feel that national curriculum is already ‘too much’ for an academic year of only 140 days. WPF’s participatory, conscious, empowering, and efficient, community based and result oriented approach yielded positive results and demand for programme is gradually increasing. As a result of evidence based advocacy Government has adopted LSBE curriculum for secondary schools and initiated process for teachers training and its integration in the national curriculum.

Speakers: Qadeer Baig
Conference: WAS Goteberg 2009
Areas of Interest / Categories: WAS 2009

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