The Education Ministry will soon launch the Sexuality Education program and the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni has called upon friends to support this launch scheduled for early next month.
The First Lady made the call during a meeting with Ms. Rosa Malango, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Uganda, in which they discussed issues of mutual interest. The meeting also attended by the Secretary General Uganda National Commission for UNESCO Rosie Agoi and senior officers from the Education Ministry was held at Nakasero State House on Tuesday.
Mrs. Museveni said the Education Ministry wants to launch the sexuality education program to help those children out there suffering with sexual harassment in schools, on roads and in homes and yet they don’t know how to protect themselves against the perpetrators.
“We need all our friends to support us on this launch which will happen in Kampala early December during the holidays and thereafter we will be doing programmes every holiday in the different regions”, she said.
She appreciated the UNDP Envoy for the many initiatives she is coordinating and her role in ensuring a strong partnership between the Government of Uganda and the United Nations and also pledged to continue working with her.
Ms. Rosa Malango congratulated the First Lady for endorsing the Adolescent Development and Participation (ADAP) Framework and Adolescent Girl C4D Strategy which will be launched next week in Jinja.
The UNDP Envoy talked about the need for a policy directive requiring all schools offering meals to children to install improved cook stoves as part of the sector contribution towards reducing gas emission and deforestation. She also spoke about support towards the finalization, endorsement and operationalization of the School Health Policy, plus approval of the Teacher Education Policy and Education for Sustainable Development Policy.
She briefed the First Lady about the road map for the national initiative for Civic Education in Uganda, which she said is a platform that aims to create space where every Ugandan can contribute to civic education.
About the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) road map, Rosa Malango commended the Government of Uganda for being the first country to mainstream the SDGs into the second National Development Plan (NDPII) and for demonstrating commitment by establishing a coordination framework for implementation which enables participation of actors in the public sector, private sector, civil society and the development partner community.
Other issues talked about by the UN Resident Coordinator included the UNDP led Songhai initiative for integrated agriculture and initiatives to end violence against women and eliminating sexual harassment at the work place.