The comprehensive sexuality education conference organized by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Ministry of Health and Population, UNFPA Nepal and other organizations has been completed in Kathmandu since Wednesday with the 5-point commitment of the government.
The organizers of the conference welcomed the main conclusions of the conference on comprehensive sexuality education held for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Considering the call made by the United Nations Federal Special Report released in March 2023 for ensuring comprehensive sexuality education without discrimination, the Government of Nepal and the related organizations have concluded the program by issuing the following commitment and this kind of message.
In order to implement the policy, legal and operational arrangements related to comprehensive sexuality education, the relevant agencies of the Nepal government should coordinate and cooperate with the provincial government and the local level in coordination and cooperation between schools, health institutions, national and international organizations, youth and other related stakeholders.
Taking comprehensive sexuality education as an essential education for all adolescents and young people, providing access to sexual and reproductive health information and quality health services for young people in order to guarantee quality education.
To prevent child marriage and unwanted pregnancy, all kinds of sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices, protecting all adolescents and young people from sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS and facilitating their transition from adolescence to adulthood in a safe and mature manner.
Through online and offline means of developing the capacity of teachers and health workers and through other support, developing learning materials related to comprehensive sexuality education and engaging adolescents, youth, communities and parents in the effective use of those materials.
To encourage the exchange of learning experiences and best practices among adolescents and youth.
To implement the message and commitment of this conference in practice, we will all be committed to cooperate in the development and improvement of adult sexuality education.
Likewise, the United Nations Population Fund issued a statement that this is the first national conference organized in Nepal on the subject of comprehensive sexuality education. Presenting his opinion about the conference, Yanghong, the resident representative of the United Nations Population Fund, said – “Broader sexuality education is important to achieve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people.” Investing in this sector is not only an investment in a generation of young people, it is also important to ensure that they complete their full education. As Nepal moves from low-income to middle-income status, it also provides overall positive achievements for the entire society and economy. The major goals of sustainable development and the commitments of the International Conference on Population and Development to fully protect the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls by 2030. It is also important to complete. This national conference is an important opening to highlight the important role that greater sexuality education can play in this country.”
Protecting all adolescents and young people from all kinds of sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices, sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS, and facilitating safe and mature transition from adolescence to adulthood.
In 2007, the Family Planning Association single-handedly advocated that comprehensive sexual education should be included in the school curriculum, but gradually other organizations also got involved and succeeded in holding this conference, said Himal Kasju, president of the association.
Speaking at the closing program of the conference, Sita Kumari Rana, a member of the House of Representatives and a woman member of the Nepal Family Planning Association, said that if positive thinking works where it is needed, then the necessary success will be achieved. He said that doing politics to improve the poor will achieve the objective.
On the same occasion, Dr. Kamal Prasad Choulagai, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, expressed his gratitude to all the presenters and participants in the program and said that the young generation is out of reach and suffering due to lack of information and knowledge.
In the conference, the youth made a collective appeal with the demand that comprehensive sexual education should be included in the government’s policies and programs.