3 reasons why we need a comprehensive sexuality education in Uganda

​Reach A Hand Uganda (RAHU) successfully held its 3rd annual intergenerational dialogue #IGDUg1 6 themed “Sexuality Education: Who’s responsible” last weekend at the NWSCo resource Centre.

I’m here to share with you my three core reasons why we need sexuality education Uganda.

What is sexuality education?

“Sexuality education is a lifelong process of acquiring information and forming attitudes, beliefs,  and values. It encompasses sexual development, sexual and reproductive health, interpersonal relationships, and affection, intimacy, body image, and gender roles.” – According to the Sexuality Information & Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).

Why sexuality education

  • Reduced rates of teenage pregnancy

It’s important to note that most teenagers are sexually active (Without the knowledge/consent of their parents/guardians) its better we teach these teenagers/youths about sexuality rather than wait for when we think its right to give them the “TALK”

Teenagers (Aged 13-19) that are given comprehensive sex education are 50% less like to experience unintended pregnancies. The little sex education taught in schools where “abstinence-only” programmes rule has created a bleeding ground for high rates of teenage pregnancies. A comprehensive sexuality education that teaches teenagers about the consequences of early sex will equip teens/youths with knowledge to make better life choices. (In regards to sex)

  • HIV/AIDs, Other STDs and STIs

The “abstinence-only” programmes have failed to deter teenagers from practicing safe sex (using condoms) as they don’t equip the teenagers/youths with knowledge of how to use basic protection.

Major (Rtd) Rabaramira Ruranga, Commissioner of UAC (Uganda Aids Commission) Said, “Ignorance is killing us, Not HIV/AIDs!”

A Compressive Sexuality Education has the force that’s much needed in the fight against HIV/AIDs. “Information shall set us free”

  • Parents tend to be horrible at the “TALK”

Most parents either lie or sugar-coat the truth when it comes to sex education. Teenagers are more than likely to outsource sexual truth, teaching sexuality in schools would provide teens with comprehensive information on the DOs and DONTs of Sex. Values about Sex can be taught at home but facts.

Know your sexuality. For more details about what happened at the Intergenerational Dialogue, go to http://www.reachahand.org/igd.

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