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On 7 December 2013, the Ministerial Commitment on Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Adolescents and Young People was agreed by representatives from 20 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. It affirmed a landmark commitment supporting sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents and young people and in so doing, acknowledged the region is experiencing major growth in the youth population which has major implications for education, health and development. The commitment affirmed the rights of current and future generations to health, education and non-discrimination towards their well-being as well as to recognise the State’s responsibility to promote human development, including quality education and good health.   

This assessment was commissioned by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to assess Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) within the Life Orientation (LO) curriculum in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). The assessment was aimed at identifying common practices and trends in the roll out and implementation of CSE nationally and internationally.