The framework had been divided into themes for each age group and what content they would have access to. The age group 3 -5 that is most controversial was supposed to learn how to follow instructions and knowing themselves or anatomy where children were to be taught how to differentiate their gender.
While the Ministries of Education
and Health continue pushing for the implementation of the botched National Sexuality Education
Framework, religious groups have highlighted where the government went wrong
with the document which was halted just after its launch.
Fr. Ronald Okello, the Executive
Secretary for Education at the Uganda Episcopal Conference told Uganda Radio
Network this morning that the framework wasn’t age-appropriate and that it was
shifting the traditional roles of parenting from parents to teachers.
“The content is foreign and we
feared this would erode our culture. Some of the things they say it would
address are already available on the syllabus. They only needed to retool
teachers to do them well,” Dr Okello said.
According to the government, the framework was providing guidance on childhood development, reproductive health
and hygiene which can save young people from among others early sex and its
associated problems in addition to sexually transmitted diseases like HIV.
The framework had been divided into
themes for each age group and what content they would have access to. The age
group 3 -5 that is most controversial was supposed to learn how to follow
instructions and knowing themselves or anatomy where children were to be taught
how to differentiate their gender.
But Rev. Richard Rukundo, the
Church of Uganda Provincial Coordinator for Children's Ministry Programs says
there was much more than this in the document. He says he saw content that they
usually teach in Church during pre-marital counselling, being prepared for
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On her part, Shkt. Radhiyyah
Lukwiya Namakula, the Secretary for Women, Youth and Children at Uganda Muslim
Supreme Council said they raised a red flag when the technical team from the
the government went to them for consultations, because it appeared the goal of the
the framework was to teach sex. She wondered why it wasn’t called Health Education
and left at that challenging the pushers to avail evidence that children are no
longer learning anything from home.
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Responding to these concerns,
Rossette Nannyanzi, a Gender Technical Advisor at the Ministry of Education
said that they thought that the framework would be a strong component for
The process, she said, started as
early as 2016 but issues of the name not being conducive came up yet immediately
after the launch, yet different stakeholders including the religious leaders
had been consulted.
She says they are still
brainstorming on what the new name would be but notes that the leaders are
running away from the reality that many parents are now internally displaced,
something that has been blown during the lockdown with issues of domestic
violence and sexual assault being on the rise.
She says that having the
framework implemented will help reverse grim statistics of children dropping
out of schools now estimated at only 30 per cent of those that start,
completing the primary cycle and HIV infections among others.
However, Last week, Members of
Parliament attending a meeting organized by a Civil Society Organization Joy
for Children said that the government and donors who are pushing for the
sexuality framework as a solution to curbing HIV infections, teenage
pregnancies and keeping children in school are pressing the wrong button.
For instance, Kasambya County
Legislator Mbwatekamwa Gaffa said the government should first tackle poverty
for families to afford simple things like sanitary pads for their girl
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For him, the framework is useless
but a money cow for those involved. He says teachers can in their normal
workloads add a minute to talk about sexuality without any documents to guide