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Law on Sexuality Education in the Offing

The commissioner in charge of Private Secondary Education Ismail Mulindwa says the idea is to ensure that whatever is contained in sexuality education is in line with the culture, principle and belief of Ugandans and not some foreign cultures.

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The Ministry of Education has drafted a new framework aimed at guiding the delivery and implementation of sexuality education in Uganda.

The document presented today before the Parliamentary committee on Education emphasizes the fear of God, role of parents, centrality of the family and avoidance of risk when educating children and youths on sexuality.

The development of the framework follows the discovery of sexual literature in secondary schools and controversies over teaching sexuality in the country. It now outlines the need for teaching sexuality and health, sexuality and human behaviour and reproductive health among others.

According to the commissioner in charge of Private Secondary Education Ismail Mulindwa, the framework will undergo further consultation before it goes to the cabinet and later to Parliament for approval. He says the idea is to ensure that whatever is contained in sexuality education is in line with the culture, principle and belief of Ugandans and not some foreign cultures.

Independent Consultant Dr Larry Romano Adupa presented the draft to the committee on behalf of the ministry. He told the committee that the framework will ensure age appropriateness, separating the needs of pre-primary, primary, early secondary and late secondary learners.

Adupa says exploratory sexual play and gender roles start early and children need to be guided. He says sexuality education will also teach skills of survival, negotiation and soft skills like that of employment.

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Committee chairperson Connie Nakayenze Galiwango says the framework is long overdue. She added that it is unfortunate that the ministry was previously not vigorous in knowing what is taking place in schools.

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Once the framework is approved, the National Curriculum Development Centre will establish a detailed curriculum, syllabus and the messages. Sexuality education will then be integrated into the curriculum and accreditation guidelines will be provided on which organization can educate a child and how relevant sectors can be involved.