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Review of the National Curriculum Framework and Guidelines for Basic Education Using the Sexuality Review and Analysis Tool (SERAT)

Integrating Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in formal and non-formal education is one of the key strategies of the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) to reduce the high prevalence of teenage pregnancy and child marriage in the country. In June 2019, the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) began the process of integrating CSE into basic education.

The 2015 National Basic Education Curriculum was reviewed using the Sexuality Education Review and Analysis Tool (SERAT) developed by UNESCO. The objective of the review was to assess the curriculum’s strengths and gaps with regards to the integration of CSE. These findings were intended to provide an evidence base for necessary improvements or reforms. The review workshop was held from June 24 to 28, 2019. The workshop was attended by key national stakeholders including representatives of MBSSE, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS),the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA), Teaching Service Commission, teacher training institutes, civil society organizations (CSOs), Development Partners (DPs) and donors.