LAUNCH OF SEXUALITY EDUCATION FRAMEWORK ON 11TH MAY 2018
About 33% of Uganda's population is made up of young people below the age of 19. This youthful population is a potential dividend for driving national economic growth and transformation.
However, the young people face various challenges in the formative stages of assuming social roles and identity. The challenges include, among others: early and unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions, increasing sexually transmitted infections, child abuse, gender based violence and sexual abuse.
The Uganda Demographic Health Survey 2016 indicated that nearly a quarter of the girls in Uganda start their menstruation at the age of 13, while 36% of the girls are sexually active (29% in primary and 50% in secondary school) and teenage pregnancy stands at 25%.
The Uganda AIDS Indicator Survey 2011 revealed that HIV prevalence among adolescents aged 10-14 years is at 1.9% for males and 2.3% for females and 4% of young men and women age 15-24 have already been infected.
The key drivers for these problems relate to rapid social changes through urbanization, globalization, media and foreign cultural influence, which are not effectively mitigated by accurate, age-appropriate and culturally sensitive information and education. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THIS NOTICE