Forum for African Women Educationalists - Uganda Chapter

"21 Years of Enhancing Girls' and Women's Education for Development" FAWE Uganda 1997-2018

Sexuality Education

Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights are issues that many cultures are usually quiet about due to their sensitivity. Due to lack of proper guidance and lack of correct information, some young people have been misled into sexual activities that affect their lives negatively. They make uninformed decisions that they may later regret. FAWE intervention in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights of young people focuses on the rights based approach to provide appropriate information to young people be able to make own informed decisions about their sexuality.

Sexuality education carried out by FAWE includes those educational activities like skits, poems, role plays, discussions, debates, songs etc that are aimed at providing knowledge, building skills and developing the right attitudes about all aspects of sexuality including mood changes, body changes, reproduction (fertilization, conception and development of the embryo and fetus, through child birth), body image, values, decision making, future dreams, communication, friendships and relationships, gender, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV & AIDS, refusal skills (avoid participating in high risky behaviours e.g. drug abuse, violence, sexual activities).

Sexuality education for the youth addresses adolescence, sexuality, gender, rights and the prevention of health risks such as HIV & AIDS, other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies.

Why sexuality education?

  • For young people to learn about their bodies; there are many changes that take place in their bodies while growing up, many of which are confusing at times.
  • To appreciate that they sexual beings and learn to handle it and live with a positive view about sexuality.
  • To be aware of the desires of their bodies and take control of their lives
  • To be able to delay the onset of sexual activities by learning that sex can wait.

Some sexual health challenges faced with the young people

  • Young people are faced with many sexual health challenges when growing up; these include;
  • Health risks including HIV & AIDS and other STIs
  • Unintended pregnancies
  • Sexual harassment and sexual abuse
  • Lack of correct and adequate knowledge, information and skills about adolescence.
  • Gender based violence e.g. rape, defilement
  • Sexual health rights violation e.g. forced marriages of young girls
  • Stigmatizing and discrimination of the youth living with HIV & AIDS and others


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