“Comprehensive sexuality education” is a right-based and gender-focused approach to sexuality education, whether in school or out of school. www.unfpa.org/publications/unfpa-operational-guidance-comprehensive-sexuality-education. The Centre has engaged in CSE debate and dialogue since the nineties and continues to lead initiatives aimed at galvanize support and influencing key stakeholders internationally, regionally and nationally to explore modalities in delivering age appropriate comprehensive sexuality education to young people in and out of school.
The Centre’s focus has mainly been on health frameworks that support implementation of existing policies that promote sexual and reproductive health, reproductive rights, education and development of adolescents and youth.
These include; ICPD PoA review processes, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) development process and indicators development for sexual reproductive health and reproductive rights and comprehensive sexuality education. The Means of Implementation (MOI) for the Finance for Development (FfD) framework process and the Global Strategy for Women Children and Adolescent Health. The Centre has initiatives aimed at building capacity of journalists on the international processes and reporting. The Centre also has keen interest in the FP2020 framework and is implementing advocacy initiatives aimed at promoting uptake and accelerating access to contraceptive commodities among young people.
CSA continues to play an instrumental role in the development as well as review of national and county level adolescent and youth health policies. The Centre supports the domestication of national level policies and implementation frameworks to county context.
These include the Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Policy 2015, National Guidelines for Minimum Provision of Adolescent Youth Friendly Services 2016, Draft Guidelines for Provision of Age Appropriate Sexuality Education and the Education Sector HIV/AIDS Policy 2013. County Reproductive Health Strategy and Family Planning Costed Plans. The Centre also supports the line ministries to convene policy dialogue meetings and disseminatation of the policies. It also provides technical assistance in development of implementation plans.
“Comprehensive sexuality education” is a right-based and gender-focused approach to sexuality education, whether in school or out of school. www.unfpa.org/publications/unfpa-operational-guidance-comprehensive-sexuality-education
Comprehensive sexuality education has been a controversial topic of discussion at international, regional and national levels. The opposition continually challenges its inclusion in the various global and national health legislations. CSA has been vocal at international and regional level pushing for inclusion of CSE in the ICPD PoA and SDGs indicators on education. Nationally, the Centre has engaged in CSE debate and dialogue since the nineties and continues to lead initiatives aimed at galvanizing support and influencing key stakeholders to explore modalities in delivering age appropriate comprehensive sexuality education to young people in and out of school. CSA has submitted recommendations to the ongoing curriculum review process and is currently conducting initiatives on VCAT for religious institutions and the media fraternity.
Health financing is an important factor affecting the strength of health systems. The health sector has lots of competing priorities with limited resources necessitating the need for continuous generation of additional resources for health.
The Centre engages with national and county governments in efforts to influence an increase for resources for provision of adolescent and youth friendly services, youth non-communicable diseases programming and family planning commodities. The work involves supporting the domestication of costed plans for family planning and development of implementation plans for service guidelines. The Centre also provides technical support in establishment and strengthening of county family planning technical working groups, county procurement technical working groups and adolescent sexual reproductive health technical working groups. Additionally, CSA ensures involvement of the communities in the processes through citizen hearings initiatives.
Human resources for health is another key area for the Centre. CSA has participated in the development of the National Human Resources for Health Policy and is supporting county governments in developing the Community Health Volunteers Bill.
Right Here Right Now is a National Consortium of 12 organizations including Centre for the Study of Adolescence (CSA), African Gender and Media Initiative Trust (GEM), Youth Accountability and Strategy Network (YAS! Network), Dream Achievers Mombasa (DAYO), Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC), Gay & Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK), Nyanza Rift Valley Western Kenya (LGBTI) Coalition (NYARWEK), Young Women’s Leadership Institute (YWLI), Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH), Network for Adolescent and Youth of Africa (NAYA), Africa Alive and Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK).
The Consortium strives for the protection, respect and fulfillment of young people’s SRHR, including girls, young women and young lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender, and intersex (LGBTI). Strategically, specific attention is given to: freedom from stigma, discrimination and violence; access to comprehensive youth-friendly services; access to comprehensive information; and space for young people’s voices. The consortium has adopted national advocacy and capacity strengthening of key stakeholders as the prime approach towards ameliorating the marginalized status of youth in matter SRHR.