By Carol Gatura and Estelle Sidze, APHRC What happens when you get a group of teenagers together to talk about sex? You find that they know a lot more – and...
Making comprehensive sexuality education available for young people is essential for ensuring their sexual and reproductive health and rights. This is particularly essential in low and middle income countries (LMICs) like Kenya where the levels of unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and sexual violence among the youth are high. Various initiatives have been taken in Kenya to implement and strengthen sexuality education in the national curriculum, but the situation of teaching sexuality education in schools is poorly understood and faced with a lot of controversies. Previous research indicates that various constraints such as restrictions on what topics can be covered, heavy teaching loads, teachers’ inadequate training, lack of community support, and limited funding impede proper implementation.
The goal of the study is to conduct a comprehensive and large-scale analysis of policies and curricula for formal and non-formal sexuality education programs in Kenya.
Quantitative data will be collected from principals, teachers, and students in 80 secondary schools in Nairobi, Mombasa and Homa Bay counties. In-depth interviews will also be conducted with policymakers, program planners, national level advocates, civil society organizations and local community organizations. Data collected from this survey will be complemented with secondary analysis of available data from LMICs, in order to achieve a global picture of the provision of sexuality education in resource-limited contexts. The information gathered in this study is intended to help the Kenyan government better understand realities in schools and to ultimately improve the quality of comprehensive sexuality education offered in schools.
A short video was produced to highlight discussions at a Youth Summit where study findings were shared with high school students.