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Comprehensive Sexuality and Reproductive Health Education for Educators - E-learning



The Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Region is characterised with high prevalence of HIV and other STIs which has created a cricitical need to help inform and build the skills of young people around issues of sexuality and HIV prevention. School settings provide an important opportunity and an appropriate structure to reach large numbers of young people with comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) to equip them with the knowledge and skills to make responsible choices about their sexual and reproductive health. For most countries in the ESA region, scale-up of CSE has been slow due to the volume of training needs, personal discomfrot with discussing sex and sexuality, and lack of skills in the use of participatory teaching methodologies. Equipping teachers with the knowledge, skills and comfort levels for effectively delivering sexuality education is therefore critical to ensure that learners receive accurate and age-appropriate information that will help guide them through adolescence and enable them to make responsible decisions that impact their current and future sexual and reproductive health and overall well-being.

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Course Content

By the end of the course teachers will be able to:

• Deliver a youth friendly comprehensive sexuality education in schools; 

• Identify appropriate community and government services for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support and assist learners to access these services.


This course is an online e-learning programme and participants will have access to comprehensive study material developed by experts in the field covering all 

the modules. No other textbooks will be required. This in-service training course will include the following:


Module 1: Sexuality Overview


• Reflecting on the term "sexuality” as an umbrella term that covers the many aspects of who we are as sexual beings. 

• Circles of Sexuality model: Sensuality, Intimacy, Sexual Identity, Sexual Health and Reproduction, Sexualisation.

• The UNFPA Operational Guidance for Comprehensive Sexuality Education: A Focus on Human Rights and Gender. 


Module 2: Adolescent Social and Emotional Development

• Defining adolescence and puberty.

• Going through the stage of adolescent development.

• Reviewing adolescent and teen brain development.

• Recalling one’s own social and emotional experience of adolescence.

• Tips for facilitating activities with young people.


Module 3: Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology


• Reviewing male and female sexual and reproductive body parts and their functions.

• Reviewing hormones and chromosomes and their role in physical development.

• Reviewing the physical changes of puberty.


Module 4: Fertility, Pregnancy and Reproduction


• Information on fertilization and how pregnancy happens.

• Pregnancy options, including abortion.

• Information about and reflection on feelings relating to issues relating to adoption. 

• Pregnancy prevention information – contraceptive methods and how they work.


Module 5: Preventing STIs and HIV


• Information about STIs and HIV

• Country-specific data on STIs and HIV

• General information on testing and treatment

• Identification of behaviours that have no, low or high risk for STI/HIV transmission


Module 6: Gender


• Definitions of biological sex and gender

• Connections between gender role stereotypes and sexual and reproductive health

• Information about and definitions of unhealthy and abusive relationships

• Country-specific examples of violence against women and their implications for sexual and reproductive health


Module 7: Relationships


• Definitions of romantic love

• Sternberg’s Triangular Theory of Love

• Differentiating between passive, assertive and aggressive communication

• Impact of age differences in male-female relationships

• The SMART Decision-Making Model

Course Design

This course is developed and delivered as an online training programme supported by video material of master training sessions and educational tools. The material will also be made available on CD/DVD to cater for educators from regions with limited internet access. Registration for this programme will be done online – all registered students will receive step-by-step details on how to start and how to successfully complete their studies.

Who Should Enrol

All educators across Eastern and Southern Africa who need to update their skills and knowledge around CSE


To qualify for the certificate of completion for this short course, participants must successfully complete all the assessment components.


Participants will be assessed through a combination of assessment methodologies including multiple-choice questionnaires, case studies, development of learning activities, peer evaluations etc. All assessment must be completed electronically and uploaded onto the e-learning platform.

Time Commitment Required to Complete the Course

3 months

Course Fee

This course is accessible through scholarships from UNESCO and UNFPA for educators from pre-defined Southern and East African countries. Delegates who do not hold scholarships may also enrol for the course at USD20, by paying for the course online via credit card.