The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka reached out to more than 5,000 Sri Lankan youth at an international youth camp held from March 28 – April 1 in Nikaweratiya to highlight the importance of Comprehensive Sexuality Education for youth in Sri Lanka.
The UNFPA together with the United Nations in Sri Lanka, participated in ‘Yowun Puraya’ – a 5 day residential youth festival organized by the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, the National Youth Services Council, and Sri Lango to LankaPage.comka Youth.
Highlighting the importance of love and peace, UNFPA conducted sessions focusing on comprehensive sexuality education. This included educative sessions that disseminate among youth, scientifically accurate information about human development, anatomy, and reproductive health, as well as information about contraception, childbirth and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as hivHIV/AIDS.
According to the UNFPA, this education goes beyond information, helping young people to explore and nurture positive values regarding their sexual and reproductive health. It further includes discussions about family life, relationships, culture and gender roles, and addresses human rights, gender equality and threats such as discrimination and sexual abuse, to build peaceful communities.
The Yowun Puraya Youth program aims to develop leadership skills through a series of capacity building program and prepare young people to face the future job market in many professions and for them to contribute to the National Development process in the future.