What is comprehensive sexuality education (CSE)?

Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) is a curriculum-based process of teaching and learning about the cognitive, emotional, physical and social aspects of sexuality. It aims 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.

Key Components of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)

Key Component 1:
  • Families
  • Friendship, Love and Romantic Relationsships
  • Tolerance, Inclusion and Respect
  • Long-term COmmitments and Parenting
Key Component 2:
Values, Rights, Culture and Sexuality
  • Values and Secuality
  • Human Rights and Sexuality
  • Culture, Society and Seuality
Key Component 3:
Understanding Gender
  • The social construction of gender and gender norms
  • Gender equality, stereotypes and bias
  • Gender-based violence
Key Component 4:
Violence and staying safe
  • Violence
  • Consent, privacy and bodily integrity
  • Safe use of information and communication technologies (ICTs)
Key Component 5:
Skills afor health and well-being
  • Norms and peer influence on suxual behaviour
  • Decision making
  • Communication, refusal and negitiation skills
  • Media literacy and sexuality
  • Finding help and support
Key Component 6:
The human body and development
  • Sexual and reproductive anatomy and physiology
  • Reproduction
  • Puberty
  • Body Image
Key Component 7:
Sexuality and sexual behaviour
  • Sex, sexuality and the sexual life cycle
  • Secual behaviour and sexual response
Key Component 8:
Sexual and reproductive health
  • Pregnancy and pregnancy prevention
  • HIV nad AIDS stigma, care, treatment and support
  • Understanding, recognizing and reducing the risk of STI's including HIV

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