Sexuality education in Africa

Rosemary W. Eustace, Gladys B. Asiedu, William N. Mkanta

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Sexuality education is defined and labeled in many different ways to meet different objectives for targeted stakeholders. It has been described as the set of instructions and learning on issues that are related to human sexuality, including sexual intercourse and abstinence, sexual reproduction and reproductive health, and sexual anatomy, among others. When examining evidence-based sex education in Africa, there are many issues and concepts that need to be considered, including the definition and concept of sex education, the content areas of sex education, age appropriateness, gender issues, and other cultural factors that influence the design and implementation of evidence-based sex education programs. These factors are presented in this chapter, along with evidence of the current state of knowledge and practice, and an exploration of resource availability. The barriers, facilitating factors, and the future of sex education in Africa are also reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEvidence-based Approaches to Sexuality Education
Subtitle of host publicationA Global Perspective
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781317626565
ISBN (Print)9781138800694
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Psychology


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