Implementing Sexuality Education for Teens (I’MSET) is an 18-month bilateral cooperation between Cyprus and Norway which also involves an outstanding collaboration between civil society organizations and educational authorities in Cyprus. The project is coordinated by Cyprus Family Planning Association (CFPA), the leading Non Governmental Organization (NGO) in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in Cyprus and has been developed and is implemented with the active participation and involvement as partners, the Commissioner for Children’s Rights (CCR), the Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus (PI), the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS), and Sex og Politikk (SoP) – the Norwegian Association for the promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).

 

The project’s aim is to promote the sexual rights of children ages 12 – 15 through the implementation of mandatory human rights based Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in middle schools in Cyprus.

What is Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)?

 

According to the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Comprehensive Sexuality Education is “…a human rights based approach aimed at equipping young people with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values required to make informed decisions and enjoy their sexuality physically, emotionally, individually, and in their relationships.  It approaches sexuality holistically and within the frame of emotional and social development”.  As stated in the Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe: A framework for policy makers, educational and health authorities and specialists by World Health Organization, in order for CSE to be successful, information is needed on: gender, sexual and reproductive health and HIV, sexual rights, sexual orientation and sexual identity, enjoyment, pleasure, violence, diversity, relationships.

 

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