Community Action to Restore Lives (CARL -SL) in collaboration with Education for All, Sierra Leone (EFA – SL) with support from AXIS in Denmark and NOSSAC in Ghana has successfully completed a two day Advocacy Workshop on Quality Sexuality Education at the Ramsey Hall, Liverpool Street in Freetown.
Speaking to NewsWatch, the Executive Director of CARL – SL, Mrs Madiana Samba, said that the knowledge generated about Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and education from different organizations and networks in Sierra Leone will serve as evidence for engaging policy makers at the of Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) on the introduction of Sexual Reproductive Health Rights education in Sierra Leone.
She said that the workshop provided a platform for the sharing of lessons learned and experiences gained in Ghana, Peru and Bolivia on what dialogue-based tools and methodologies are relevant for teaching SRHR Education in Sierra Leone and facilitated the development of a draft advocacy agenda for policy influencing and engagement in Sierra Leone, adding that the teaching of Sexuality Quality Education in schools in Sierra Leone can be used as a strategy to curb sexual violence, teenage pregnancy, early marriage and all sexual right abuses in the education sector.
She affirmed that the workshop provided information to diagnose what is relevant for sexuality education in Sierra Leone which would generate discussion points for a second and bigger workshop slated for February 2019.
Participants were drawn from all major institutions dealing with Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Sierra Leone, including, the Planned Parenthood Association, (PPASL), Women’s Forum, Education For All Coalition (EFA-SL) and the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education.
Participants from Ghana representing a Sexual Health Education Organisation known as NORSAAC and from an international partner in Sexual Rights Education based in Denmark and working in Peru and Ghana, known as AXIS, expressed their delight at the amount of willingness shown by participants, and hoped that the successes they have achieved in those countries with regards to sexual rights education will be achieved in Sierra Leone in the not too distant future.