Supporting Comprehensive Sexuality Education in the Pacific
Description/achievement of initiative

To support Ministries of Education and other Institutions to provide quality and comprehensive approaches to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) education at primary and secondary school levels.The program will contribute to the development of future Pacific Island leaders who are sensitized to the issues of SRH and gender equality.

Implementation methodologies

Each organisation will collaborate on activities that are jointly carried out and play a leading role in areas that they specialise in. Activities that are jointly carried out are sought collaboratively.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

To ensure long term sustainability, Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is being developed as part of national programs and activities within schools. This means that each country uses the basis of the CSE approach but adapts it to meet local needs and processes. Countries will therefore take on a variety of approaches that may be curriculum only, or comprise a whole package of measures. These will be phased and developed according to national plans of action which take into account national education planning and curriculum development timelines; building the capacity of national counterparts in all areas including teacher training institutes; and local and community institutions such as elders, churches, youth groups and NGOs.Development of the majority of activities will be through national programs with the use of a limited number of regional workshops and trainings to exchange information and resources compare progress and lessons learned, and provide input into the overall direction of the joint program. The programme will also take advantage of and facilitate south-to-south cooperation and where relevant support creates regional mechanisms for technical support, quality assurance, and information exchange.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The programme will be managed primarily through parallel funding streams among the three agencies. Additional funds that are mobilized may be managed in a flow-through manner in accordance with the donor and UN procedures. One of the key objectives is to align and coordinate activities which may be done either by individual agencies or jointly. The main coordinating structure will therefore be the Coordination Committee, which will be responsible to agree and monitor the whole breadth of the program. The Coordination Committee will have membership of two persons from each of the participating agencies. Any donors or other participating parties may also be invited to join.


UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, Governments of Samoa, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
Progress reports
Goal 3
3. Quality CSE resource materials are available for teachers, students and parents
1. A supportive policy framework is in place for the countries
4. CSE is integrated into pre-service teacher training and available through in-service training.
2. Relevant and quality assured CSE curriculum at the primary and secondary levels that is rights-based and inclusive of gender equality is in place for the 5 countries.
In-kind contribution
Each UN Agency and country partner will utilise existing resources and personnel to ensure the development of the joint programme is supported especially whilst awaiting funding.
Staff / Technical expertise
Technical expertise will be sought from an academic institution in the pacific region such as the university of the south pacific to lead curriculum development, training models and teacher training aspects of the programme.
Financing (in USD)

Basic information
Time-frame: 0000-00-00 - December 2017
UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, Governments of Samoa, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
Contact information
Etienne Clement, Director, UNESCO Office for the Pacific States, e.clement@unesco.org
United Nations