Committing to comprehensive sexuality education for young people in Eastern and Southern Africa




Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Children, Adolescents, Sex Education, Policy Analysis, Case Studies


The Ministerial Commitment on Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Adolescents and Young People in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA), or the ESA Commitment, was affirmed December 7, 2013, by 21 countries located across this region during the 17th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa. The ESA Commitment speaks to the numerous practices and challenges of school age populations stemming from interplay among education, health, and contextual issues varying by country. Analysis of this policy is approached using methodology drawn from Bartlett and Vavrus (2014, 2017) and using a lens of policy borrowing, particularly focused on incorporating agency, process, impact, and timing (Steiner-Khamsi, 2000, 2010). This analysis seeks to understand the ESA Commitment and national curriculum subsequently implemented in Zambia by situating these actions among broader international, regional, and national discourse in the area of sexual and reproductive health and education for young people between 1994 and 2016. Through analysis considering its effectiveness in terms of implementation, scalability, and sustainability, its ability to enable progress towards improving the lives of young people, especially through increased knowledge of HIV/AIDS prevention, is examined and recommendations are presented.


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Author Biography

Elizabeth Bruce, Independent Researcher and Consultant

Elizabeth R. Bruce has a Master of Education degree in Globalization and Educational Change from the Comparative and International Education program at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, USA, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Chemistry from Clemson University, South Carolina, USA. Currently, she works as a freelance consultant, combining her knowledge of the Comparative and International Education field with her skills in editing to assist clients in polishing their English language academic writing and presentations. Her freelance work also includes consulting on various research projects.




How to Cite

Bruce, E. (2018). Committing to comprehensive sexuality education for young people in Eastern and Southern Africa. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 26, 138.