Education

Every young person has to make  life-changing decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. However many of them cannot access clear, evidence-based information. IPPF's comprehensive sexuality education programmes enable young people to make informed decisions about their sexuality and health, while building life skills and promoting gender equality.

Contraception use is on the rise, partly thanks to the outreach work The Association Togolaise pour le Bien-Être Familial (ATBEF), in rural communities. Using a network of community-based volunteers and village leaders, ATBEF is reaching as many people as possible.
The unmet need for contraception in Togo currently stands at 34% of the population. Association Togolaise pour le Bien-Être Familial (ATBEF) are turning clients like Dahide and village chief Sossou Sagna into family planning advocates within their communities.
Abla Abassa is a community health worker for Association Togolaise pour le Bien-Être Familial (ATBEF), Togo. She is one of 279 community workers in her region and her work takes her to the remotes areas where the unmet need for contraception is the greatest.
Yaori and his wife Ami heard about vasectomies on the radio. Having six children already, they decided to head to their local family planning clinic, ATBEF, for more information. ATBEF is currently the only provider of keyhole vasectomies there and to date, they have performed 159 procedures.
Realizing the importance of involving village leaders to educate their local communities on the harms of forced early marriage and forced sex work in rural areas, Association Togolaise Pour le Bien-Être Familial (ATBEF) created the Village Girl Protection Charters. To date, 870 villages have signed up.
In September 2018, a huge earthquake struck Indri's home island, killing thousands. Relieved that she made it to safety, Indri also felt an urgent need to give back to her community.
Tongan IPPF youth campaigner Joshua Sefesi has been presented with a prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award at Buckingham Palace for the transformative work he is doing to raise awareness of sexual reproductive health and women’s rights in his community.
It is a shame that many people misunderstand what Comprehensive Sexuality Education is and are totally oblivious to its benefits to us as families, societies, nations and continents. Some individuals and organizations even go the extra mile of petitioning governments to take CSE out of school curricula. To them my final and only word is that scary stories don’t save lives, Comprehensive Sexuality Education does.
The most recent national health survey carried out by the DHS program in Guinea has shown some severe issues which highlight young people’s need for good quality sexuality education. If neither school nor parents talk about sex education to young people and adolescents, the situation will be deplorable. They are an essential point of contact and if they are well informed, they will be able to facilitate this process.
One of the main reasons for the high teen pregnancy rate in Venezuela is the lack of sexual education that is taught in schools and colleges due to the lack of preparation and resources of educators on the subject as well as misinformation and lack of access to contraception and sexual health services