This report provides the rationale for, content, development, sample activities, and effective teaching methods for integrating gender and rights into a sexuality and HIV curriculum for young people aged 15 or older in or out of schools. To ensure the resource is globally relevant, guidelines are provided for educators and policymakers to adapt the materials to one’s local environment with a broad range of populations.
The resource is based on curriculum recommendations designed by global researchers, and integrates relevant findings about the demonstrated links between gender dynamics and sexual health outcomes. It provides comprehensive information for curriculums to address sexuality, HIV prevention, the right to abstain from having sex, family life education, interpersonal relationships, communication and decision-making skills, the body and puberty, reproduction, sexual health and rights, and gender equity.
The curriculum is designed to support critical thinking, build advocacy skills, and reduce unintended pregnancies, STIs including HIV, coerced sex, and gender based violence. The resource reviews educational curriculums and approaches with promising results and offers suggestions for how these can be scaled up and more widely implemented. The resource is also designed for professionals to ensure sexuality and HIV education initiatives are responsive to the learning needs of young people, and to relevant policy statements and commitments such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).