UNESCO 'woos' clerics into addressing SRHR issues

17Oct 2021
Rose Mwalongo
The Guardian
UNESCO 'woos' clerics into addressing SRHR issues

UNESCO Education for Health and Wellbeing has designed a religious leaders’ toolkit on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR).

The toolkit is meant to provide scientifically & theologically relevant materials to Muslim and Christians clerics to enhance their knowledge on ASRHR, HIV/AIDS and Gender-based Violence (GBV) education and information.

According to a press release issued by the UN agency in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the handover ceremony will take place in Dar es Salaam on Monday.

The toolkit is geared towards helping Religious Leaders and young faith leaders in their engagement with people of different age groups.

The move according to the agency is also meant to enable clerics to deliver scientifically accuracy, age, culturally and theologically appropriate sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS as well as GBV education.

UNESCO is implementing a SIDA funded project entitled ‘Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future’ commonly known as O3.

  The project is implemented within the framework of Education for Health and Well-being programme.

Within that framework, UNESCO has been working with a broad range of partners to support delivery of good quality sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and Gender-based Violence education.

 UNESCO’s interventions intend to empower adolescents and young people through developing skills, knowledge, attitudes, and competencies required for preventing HIV/AIDS, reducing early and unintended pregnancies as well as eliminating GBV.

The handover ceremony is expected to bring together representatives from the Tanzania Interfaith Partnership, Muslim Council of Tanzania (BAKWATA), Christian Council of Tanzania, the Office of Mufti of Tanzania, Tanzania Episcope Centre as well as SIDA.

Also present will be UNESCO Head of Office and Country Representative Tirso Dos Santos as well as the 03 team to hand over the 500 toolkits.

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