Woman at a radio station (Photo by Jeroen van Loon)

Burundi embraces comprehensive sexuality education

The Burundi government has recently adopted a national module for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in all schools. It even decided to train community workers and health workers in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights so that the information will be more widely accessible within communities and the healthcare system.

Adapted

The national CSE module meets international standards. It is based on our module The World Starts With Me (WSWM) and also includes elements of a UNFPA CSE programme.

The programme has been adapted to the local Burundi context and needs.

School clubs

The national CSE module consists of two manuals: one for pupils and a more detailed version for teachers. 

Burundi girls (CARE Nederland)

For the time being, the lessons are given in so-called school clubs – a normal system in the African context where pupils further study a certain theme after school. These school clubs also come together to present plays to the rest of the school so that all the pupils receive sex education.

Biraturaba

The contribution of Rutgers to the development of the national CSE module for Burundi is part of the so-called BIRATURABA! programme, a joint programme by CARE Nederland and Rutgers. BIRATURABA! – meaning – It Concerns Us – aims to contribute to gender equality and to improve the sexual and reproductive health of young people in Burundi.

Background

This programme is financially supported by the Dutch Embassy (EKN). CSE development is being supported by Rutgers’s WSWM partners, the Centre for the Study of Adolescence (CSA) in Kenya and by Alex Okwaput from Uganda, one of the first ever WSWM teachers.

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