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More than 20 master trainers graduate from Comprehensive Sexuality Education course

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Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2021. 8:32 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: A total of 27 community-level CSE master trainers have graduated from a Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) course, facilitated by the Belize Family Life Association (BFLA) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The training was done utilizing the BFLA’s CSE Peer Education Curriculum and Training Resource Manual which was revised in line with international standards. The partner organizations issued a joint statement today noting that the Master trainers were trained in the use of teaching and learning strategies for the engagement of young people in virtual spaces to support the effective delivery of comprehensive sexuality education to adolescents and youth who are out of school.

“The expansion of the CSE community level trainers has increased national capacity to reach young people within their own local spaces through interpersonal channels, as well as through popular (and youth-friendly) social media and video conference platforms,” the joint statement said. “The implementation of the scale-up of the CSE Programme for young persons out of school provides an immediate, relevant, innovative and promising practice, as it engages young people out of school in sexuality education and awareness through virtual platforms, particularly in the context of COVID-19.”

The program is expected to help provide the option for a “low-cost” and “high-impact” model to advance gender equality, promote women’s and girls’ empowerment, as well as reproductive rights, including for the most vulnerable and marginalized adolescents and youth. Following their certification, the Master trainers will be delivering training to approximately 240 out of school young people next month.

The partner organizations noted that the project was also done in collaboration with the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) as a part of a global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of family violence and violence against women and girls (VAWG) – The Spotlight Initiative.

“The Initiative brings focused attention to this issue, moving it into the spotlight and placing it at the centre of efforts to achieve gender equity and equality and women’s empowerment, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” the organizations said.

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