Mechanisms of adopting and reformulating comprehensive sexuality education policy in Ethiopia – CEID Visiting Scholar Seminar
November 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Abstract: Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is gaining popularity globally, and UNESCO (2015) reports that almost all countries in Eastern and Southern Africa have adopted a policy to promote CSE. However, CSE is contested in many contexts, including in Ethiopia – a late adopter of the policy. This seminar presents analysis of the policy adoption and reformulation of CSE in Ethiopia. It highlights how networking strategies have led to CSE being increasingly embraced by the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia. However, the policy remains resisted by the Ministry of Education who emphasise cultural differences to resist adoption. As a result, CSE is reformulated and its focused is restricted to health and development outcomes.
Speaker: Marielle Le Mat is a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam’s Child Development and Education department, and will be at IoE as a visiting scholar between October and December. Her research explores how education initiatives such as sexuality education can address gender based violence in schools in Ethiopia. Previously, she worked as Junior Researcher/Lecturer at the International Development Studies programme of the University of Amsterdam, where she was involved in research projects on education and peacebuilding, and the social exclusion of vulnerable youth. Her research focuses on Sub-Saharan African contexts (Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda) as well as the Netherlands.
Room 739, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL