Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Sri Lanka - the need of the hour!
Contrary to what opponents of sexuality education often claim, CSE is not just about sex. When delivered well, it promotes health and well-being, respect for human rights and gender equality, and empowers children and young people to lead safe and productive lives. Notably, it teaches that all forms of gender-based violence are wrong, and a violation of human rights.
Young people not only learn how to recognise and stay away from all forms of gender-based violence, but they also learn how to prevent it, to not perpetrate it, and know where to get help. They also learn essential life skills such as empathy, negotiation, decision-making and critical thinking, encouraging them to question social and cultural norms that support unequal gender and power structures, and which often lead to violence.
Through our Service Delivery Points located island-wide, multiple 3 day CSE programmes were delivered for in and out of school youth during the months of February and March 2019. A schedule of the CSE programmes conducted by our SDPs appears below.
Batticaloa - BT/KK/Kalkudah Namagale Vidyalayam , BT/KK/Pethalai Vipulananda College, BT/KK/Kalkudah Namagal Vidyalayam, BT/KK/Pethalai Vipulananda, BT/KK/Kaluvenkany Vivekananda Vidyalayam. BT/KK/Valaichenai, Hindu College, BT/KK/Karuvakeny Vigneswara College and BT/KK/Kinniyady
Avissawella - Vocational Training Institute, Skills Management Institute in Gampaha
Koggala - Hikkaduwa Vocational Training Institute