Kathmandu, December 27, 2016: UNESCO in coordination with the Ministry of Education, UNFPA, UN Women and KOICA recently organized a project planning workshop to empower adolescent girls and young women through the provision of comprehensive sexuality education and a safe learning environment.
A total of 60 participants representing the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Non-government organizations, development partners and other relevant stakeholders attended the workshop.
Speaking on the occasion, UNESCO Representative to Nepal, Christian Manhart emphasized on the need for the active engagement in the shared goal of improving the situation for adolescent girls and young women in Nepal who are, despite of much progress, still facing obstacles to education.
Similarly, Baikuntha Aryal, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Education highlighted the importance of the project to address the issues of adolescent girls and young women. He recalled that the project is well aligned with the recently launched School Sector Development Plan (SSDP) and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The representatives from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare also shared their ongoing efforts for the empowerment of adolescent girls and young women.
Participants in the workshop identified the prevalent issues of adolescent girls and young women and suggested activities under each of the outcomes of the project. The group work outcome will support the detailed planning of project activities to be implemented in the forthcoming year.
The project is expected to promote access to and quality of education for adolescent girls and young women, through the provision of Comprehensive Sexuality Education and a safe learning environment in Nepal; and will target the five districts â€“ Accham, Bajura, Rautahat, Sarlahi and Sunsari districts of Nepal where girls and women are socio-economically marginalized.
Courtesy: UNESCO Office in Kathmandu