The Ministry of Education of Colombia has led the implementation of a national sexuality education programme that builds on the pillars of gender equality, citizenship and human rights, as well as community participation.
Prior to scaling up the programme, the Minister of Education insisted on building in an intensive monitoring and evaluation plan, which incorporated a rigorously tested self-administered questionnaire for students, as well as an evaluation of the school environment.
Evaluation has revealed that, in addition to improving students’ knowledge of SRHR topics, the wider school and community environment also had a significant impact on young people’s learning.
Students with the highest levels of knowledge reported feeling that their classrooms were safe spaces where they could count on being treated fairly and with respect, particularly in communities where there was an absence of armed conflict.
Teacher training was also found to be important, as those students whose teachers had been trained in citizenship and human rights demonstrated higher levels of knowledge.
Source: UNFPA. 2015. The Evaluation of Comprehensive Sexuality Education Programmes: A focus on the Gender and Empowerment Outcomes. New York, UNFPA; personal communication (Marta Carolina Ibarra, Universidad Los Andes, 8 June 2015).