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Education ministry given two years to develop comprehensive sexuality education policy


Ministry of education has been urged to integrate sexuality education into the curriculum.

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Ministry of Education and Sports has been ordered to set up a Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) policy within two years, according to a High Court judgment.

The judgment comes more than two years after the ministry developed a sexuality education framework that was opposed by religious leaders. Some of the areas of contention were the proposed young age of three years as the start of the education and the decision to give teachers the responsibility to implement the work.

Earlier in 2016, Parliament directed the ban of teaching and training teachers on sexuality education to save the morality of Ugandan children which was at risk. According to Parliament, the sexuality education would expose children to inappropriate materials like books that would be accessible in schools. This decision was backed by a circular issued by the Ministry of Labour, Gender and Social Development.

Now, High Court Lady Justice Lydia Mugambe, has directed that a policy be made to guide the teaching and implementation of the policy.

In her judgment, Justice Mugambe said that it is the duty of the state to provide adolescents with accurate information on how to protect their health and development.

“The right to sexuality education had been confirmed in the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child which provides that adolescents have the right to access adequate information essential for their health and development and for their ability to participate meaningfully in society,” she said.

During the case, ministry of education officials swore affidavits stating that government recognised sexuality education but not comprehensive sexuality education. According to Ismail Mulindwa who was the acting commissioner in charge of private schools then, some of the content taught as part of sexuality education raised concerns of liberations of sex among children. He said the ministry banned the teaching of sexuality education because it would lead to promotion of illicit sexual conduct such as homosexuality and masturbation in schools.

Basing her adjustment on several international conventions such as the UNCRC, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the 1994 Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, and the Constitution of Uganda, Justice Mugambe noted that the continued delay of implementing the frame work violates the country’s obligations to conventions it ratified.

“Uganda is party to the above international conventions which unequivocally require government to enact a policy that comprehensively provides for sexuality education. The inclusion or exclusion of the term comprehensive is a simple matter of form that should never derail the substance of this process. Based on the above, I find no justification and the inordinate delay or omission of over ten years to develop a comprehensive sexuality education policy in Uganda is a violation of Uganda’s obligations under international law,” she said.

The judge also ordered ministry of education officials to identify and work with relevant stakeholders while coming up with the policy to address all issues of contention. The ministry is supposed to report the progress of making the policy to the court registrar every six months.

Esther Dhafa, a lawyer and programme officer working with the Center for Health, Human Rights and Development, one of the complainants in the case says the judge’s judgment is a long awaited one. She says the ban on sexuality education was a violation to the right of education and information of learners.

Officials from the education ministry that URN spoke to said, they were willing to go sit with all stakeholders and come up with a policy that reflects everyone’s views.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation ( UNESCO) in its international guidance on sexuality education defines CSE as a curriculum-based process of teaching and learning about cognitive, emotional, physicals and social aspects of sexuality.

According to the guidance, its main aim is to  equip children and young people with knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that will empower them to: realize the health, dignity and well being. It also aims at helping them develop respectful social and sexual relationships and puts emphasis on teaching learners how to consider how their choices affect their own well being and that of others.



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  1. UGANDA:-Stop the introduction of destructive Comprehensive Sexuality Education

    The God-given moral law, honour, (perfect, virgin, angelic etc) chastity, continency, purity, abstinence, modesty, sobriety etc are universal moral obligations on all people at all times in all places (both children & adults, in thought, word, deed, desire, body, heart, mind, soul, spirit, inward & outward personality etc)

    All sexual sinners (in thought, word, deed etc as above) must be criminalized & subject to justice & punishment, moral intervention, moral/intellectual/spiritual education/civilization (inwardly & outwardly) in the morally appropriate way as defined by God (Father, Son, Holy Ghost) & the God-given moral law
    Lev 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
    Lev 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
    Such sinful/immoral/dishonouring/degrading/evil/immoral/abominable/uncivilized desires/affections/fantasies/behaviours/relationships/personalities/identities/ideologies etc must be criminalized etc in accordance with God’s moral law.
    Men who burn in their lust one toward another, who dishonour their own bodies between themselves through the lusts of their own hearts must be criminalized etc. Worthy of Death & Hell.

    God has commanded that such sinners be criminalized & sentenced to Death per se, not just stopped from ‘marrying’.
    If (note “IF”) we are going to use prison instead we have an absolute moral obligation to make prisons (& everywhere else) Godly, sin-free zones, run according to the highest moral standards. ZERO TOLERANCE for any kind of sex/sexuality/romance etc whether involving consenting sexual-sinners or not, whether inward or outward etc. Make sure each prisoner has their own cell/bathroom & run the place as a Godly, strict, morally etc educational theocracy. Enforce absolute (perfect, angelic, virgin etc) chastity, continency, purity, abstinence, sobriety, modesty, righteousness, Godliness, morality etc (inwardly & outwardly), in prisons, schools, cyberspace, psychological space, fantasy, virtual reality & everywhere else.
    Hearing about the infinite sin, wickedness, evil, immorality, abomination, injustice etc that occurs in prisons is another reason to have the Death Penalty for sexual sinners/criminals & let the highest, strictest most Godly standards define what a sex-criminal is. This includes sinful ‘consenting’ adults. The consent is part of the sin/crime etc as mentioned in more detail elsewhere. Death is preferable to living in any kind of Sodom & Gomorrah whether to prevent sinning or being sinned-against, whether for the guilty or wrongly convicted innocents etc.

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