Why comprehensive sexuality education is important
Did you know that only 34 % of young people around the world can demonstrate accurate knowledge of HIV prevention and transmission? And that two out of three girls in some countries have no idea of what is happening to them when they begin menstruating? Increasingly young people are looking online for information and find inaccurate misinformation about sexual and reproductive health. These are some of the reasons why there is an urgent need for quality comprehensive sexuality education (CSE). FPA Sri Lanka is boosting comprehensive sexuality education both at schools and outside of school settings to reach young people to equip children and young people with knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that will empower them to realize their health, well-being and dignity; develop respectful social and sexual relationships; consider how their choices affect their own well-being and that of others; and understand and ensure the protection of their rights throughout their lives.
Under the purview of Seethawaka Service Delivery Point, a CSE programme was held at Kanishka Vidyalaya in Makuluduwa, Piliyandala from the 26th – 28th of June 2019. Resource persons were: Dr. Sarath Mandulawatta - MOH Bokundara, Dr K.G Samarasinghe- MOH Bokundara and Mr. Saman Jayasekara, - PHI-MOH- Bokundara.