New BZgA & IPPF EN publication: “Sexuality Education in Europe and Central Asia”

Posted by Share-Net Intl on May 29, 2018 at 10:37 am

The German Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF EN) have now released the report of an assessment of sexuality education in Europe and Central Asia. The analysis covers 25 selected countries of the WHO European Region (i.e. about half of all countries) and provides an overview of the state of the art and recent developments of sexuality education in the region. It includes recommendations on the basis of the main conclusions.

This new research fills a major knowledge gap about the information available about the status of sexuality education in the WHO European Region following the publication of two previous separate reports by BZgA and IPPF EN in 2006. The country profiles published by BZgA in 2006 can also be found on this website.

The present analysis covers countries from Western, Northern, Central and Eastern Europe as well as Central Asia and is thus fairly representative of  the WHO European Region. It is based on an extensive questionnaire answered by experts of both governmental and non-governmental institutions.

The results of the research show that sexuality education has been in a state of rapid development since 2006 and that many changes have taken place in developing and implementing sexuality education in the countries studied.

The following aspects of sexuality education have been dealt with in the analysis:

  • the most recent laws, policies and strategies related to sexuality education;
  • the way sexuality education is organised and implemented;
  • sexuality education outside the formal school setting;
  • opposition to sexuality education;
  • good practices and initiatives;
  • youth-friendly SRH services;
  • survey data on the SRH of young people, including sexuality education.

Preliminary results of the assessment were presented on the occasion of an international conference hosted by BZgA in Berlin in May 2017.