This Community of Practice on Comprehensive Sexuality Education is one of the thematic Communities of Practice of Share-Net Netherlands. Its aim is to improve programs and to develop a research and advocacy agenda on CSE.
Several activities have taken place of which the ‘Youth Week’ in 2016 was the largest. This event was co-organised with the working group on Youth Friendly Health Services and we welcomed 260 people from over 40 different organisations to link comprehensive sexuality education and youth friendly health services to broader discussions on gender, gender-based violence and sustainable development.
In June 2020, the CoP organised a virtual expert meeting to provide a platform for exchange of information on, and experiences with, different modes of CSE delivery beyond conventional classroom or youth group settings. During this event we heard from Rashid Omoro (Programme manager at Savannah Signatures) about CSE through broadcasting and text messaging; Jennifer Mkandawire (Executive Director at Foundation for Children’s Rights) about CSE experiences from the radio listening clubs in Malawi; Abir Sarras (RNW Media Regional Manager for MENA region and co-founder of Love Matters Arabic) presented on CSE in digital spaces and Corazon Ayoma (Program Coordinator at Family Health Options Kenya) talked about CSE using Whatsapp.
In November 2020, the CoP held a follow up event on this topic, sharing the main takeaways from the communities’ experiences with alternative modes of CSE delivery that were captured by an external consultant in a paper! Have a look at the final collection and synthesis of emerging evidence, strategies and lessons learnt from CSE delivery in non-conventional settings in low- and middle-income countries and download the paper here.
In 2021, the CoP aims to record a podcast series on CSE with The Living Education. Further on, they will focus on dissemination activities of their recent knowledge paper from 2020 on Delivering quality CSE in non-conventional settings.
As a new knowledge focus, the CoP aims to learn from existing knowledge about innovative and diverse CSE pedagogies and commission a desk review including case studies from members on embodiment, socio-emotional learning, gamification and other related pedagogies. Are you interested in learning more about innovative and diverse CSE pedagogies? Then stay tuned, as later in 2021 the CoP will organise a webinar on this topic to disseminate and discuss their findings from the desk review. New knowledge will also be presented by CoP members at the WAS Conference.
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CoP members can access their online working space on Mighty networks via this link (Share-Net Netherlands members only).
Click here for resources on Comprehensive Sexuality Education on the Share-Net Netherlands website.