Development of Teacher’s Manual aligned with international standards for comprehensive sexuality education of primary school teachers and Improvement of SRH strategic framework in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Name of the project: Development of Teacher’s Manual aligned with international standards for comprehensive sexuality education of primary school teachers

Project goal: To contribute to the improvement of CSE implementation in Canton Sarajevo (FBiH) and B&H

Specific objective:

·To increase primary school teachers capacities and core competencies for implementing comprehensive sexuality education (CSE)


Adolescents in Bosnia and Herzegovina are facing variety of problem regarding to health, employment, mental health, violence, unhealthy lifestyles, substance abuse and risky sexual behavior.[1]Adolescents lack reliable and systematic access to health related education and services. One of the reasons for this situation is the fact that school system does not cover healthy lifestyles issue within formal curricula, especially the most often adolescents' problems that were identified, such as substance abuse, violence, mental health problems, and especially sexual and reproductive health.

Formal education in primary schools does not cover reproductive health issues. However, informal education is provided through peer education, but hasn’t been implemented continuously and usually left to the non-governmental sector. This kind of education depends on the projects and doesn't cover many schools.

Every young person will one day have life-changing decisions to make about their sexual and reproductive health. Yet research shows that the majority of adolescents lack the knowledge required to make those decisions responsibly, leaving them vulnerable to coercion, sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy.

Comprehensive sexuality education enables young people to make informed decisions about their sexuality and health. These programmes build life skills and increase responsible behaviours, and because they are based on human rights principles, they help advance human rights, gender equality and the empowerment of young people.

Therefore, need for introducing systematic and holistic solution such as formal education curricula was advocated by the Association XY since 2009.

Asocijacija XY (IPPF affiliate) has partnered well with UNFPA in the past to ensure system strengthening in the area of Comprehensive Sexuality Education. Based on this excellent cooperation, regional agreement signed with IPPF, and the excellent standing of Association XY with the relevant Ministries both in FBiH and RS, UNFPA will continue to support Association XY to expand and develop CSE education in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In 2013 Association XY and Ministry for Education, Science and Youth of Canton Sarajevo introduced new subject in primary schools called Healthy lifestyle with integrated chapter on CSE.

In 2015 UNFPA engaged international expert Deborah Rogow to conduct an assessment of the modules on sexual and reproductive health within the Healthy lifestyle (HLS) curriculum in B&H and its compliance with the international standards and recommendations on comprehensive sexuality education.

One of the key findings of the assessment relates to teachers role in providing gender focused CSE. As the quality of CSE depends on teacher’s competencies and available educational materials and tools that teachers can use in delivering CSE, most of recommendations of this assessment were focused on providing supportive environment that will ensure teachers’ access to adequate trainings, manuals, educational modules, didactic tools and specific guidelines they can use to deliver CSE in accordance with international recommendations, standards and assessment finding.

Output: Manual for teachers that is aligned with the international standards on Comprehensive Sexuality Education and which addresses all the assessment recommendation that have surfaced in the UNFPA sponsored assessment.

Outcome: Primary school teachers have stronger capacities in implementing CSE in Canton Sarajevo

Name of the project: Improvement of SRH strategic frameworkin Bosnia and Herzegovina


Project goal: To contribute to the strengthening and improvement of SRH in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Specific objective:

1. To improve strategic framework for SRH in Federation B&H and Republic of Srpska

Project activities:

Activity 1: Analysis of the implementation of the current policies in Federation B&H and Republic of Srpska

Activity 2. Revision of Entities Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategies

Two Working groups (6 members per entity group) will be appointed by Entity Ministries of Health with members coming from MoH, health professionals, CSOs and UNFPA.

In the revision process, collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health and Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Republic of Srpska will be essential and will ensure quality of this process.

Activity 3. World Contraception Day

Activity 4. Project visibility will ensure promotion of the project through web page, social channels, specified articles and different contacts with media representatives.

[1] Country programme action plan- between the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the United Nations Population Fund2010-2014., Sarajevo 2010, page 13

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