Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) has been stated as a basic human right. The Cyprus Family Planning Association has developed an educational programme for all children in middle schools in Cyprus. ‘I’M SET!’ is an 18-month bilateral cooperation between Norway and Cyprus that aims to improve the sexual information given to teens.
The main benefit of the joint project will be ‘to improve sexual rights of teens through mandatory sexuality education – both in Cyprus and in Norway.’ According to the United Nations Population Fund lack of proper sexual education leaves young people vulnerable to ‘coercion, abuse and exploitation, unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.’
Mapping the existing CSE in the curriculum is therefore one of the first priorities of the project. A teacher’s manual for delivering CSE will also be developed, guided also by empirical evidence on CSE in Europe and shared best practices with Norway. This will help teachers become better equipped to inform teens about their sexual health and rights.
‘I’M SET!’ is a collaboration between the Cyprus Family Planning Association and and Sex og Politikk (Association for Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights in Norway), with the active participation of the Commissioner for Children’s Rights, the Pedagogical Institute – Ministry of Education and Culture and the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies in Cyprus. It is funded by the EEA and Norway Grants.