RHU on Sexual education impacts University students


By Our Reporter

Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) will on Saturday, October 12th, 2019 hold an Inter-University dialogue in commemoration of the World Sexual Health Day. The dialogue was held at the Makerere University Freedom Square from 8:00 am-5.00 pm (EAT) under the theme “Sexuality Education, Health and Development” (#IUDUg19). Over 1,000 participants from different universities who including technical sexuality attended the event.

Running under the theme “Sexuality Education, Health and Development” the dialogue aimed at putting young people and key stakeholders in a safe space to discuss sexual health, share experiences and learn from professionals in the field of SRHR and to contribute to a common platform for enhancement of socio-economic participation and empowerment of young people in higher learning institutions.

Through the use of a number of panels that were organized young people managed to deliberate with key stakeholders like ministers, guild leaders, lecturers, local leaders, and thought leaders together with other young people on SRHR issues that affect them so as to forge a way to mitigate them.

Speaking during the event, Hon. Jacob Opolot underscored the importance of sexuality education noting that it is pivotal in empowering communities. “Sexuality education is very important. Communities must be empowered with information that will enable them to make informed decisions,” Hon. Jacob Opolot, who was the guest of honor, said.

“We need to be mindful of audience and context when delivering the message on sexuality health,” noted Henry Ssemakula, a senior officer from the Ministry of Education. “The message should be culturally and religiously acceptable, but more importantly truthful and factual.”