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DBE Piloting Gender Based Violence Education Programme In 5 Provinces


Scripted lesson plans (SLPs) aimed at making learners more conscious of issues of Gender Based Violence (GBV), are currently being rolled out in over 1000 schools, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has announced.

The SLP’s are being tested in five provinces, with the twin aims of strengthening the Life Skills curriculum while seeking to make learners more conscious on issues around GBV.

“The Scripted Lesson Plans (SLPs) have been designed to assist educators to teach scientifically accurate, evidence-informed, incremental, age appropriate and culturally appropriate sex education within the Life Skills and Life Orientation (LO) Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) in the classroom,” the department said.

These are currently being tested in 1572 schools across five provinces: Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Western Cape ahead of full implementation. 

The DBE said the SPLs uses a “human rights approach which allows adolescents and young people to develop appropriate life skills to support healthy choices and promote gender equality.” 

The SLPs are additional resources for educators and learners to enhance learning and teaching in the classroom.

Additional resources to engage stakeholders within school communities have been developed in preparation for the provision of sexuality education in schools.

These include School Governing Body Orientation Manuals, School Management Team Orientation Manuals, Teacher Training Manuals and Parent Engagement Manuals. 

The DBE said it scripted the lessons plans to ensure standardised and quality delivery of Sexuality Education (SE) in schools.

The department’s HIV prevention and sexuality education curriculum and co-curriculum programmes have been part of the broader National Response in the fight against the HIV Epidemic, with key programmes such as the ‘She Conquers’ Presidential Campaign and the DREAMS Programme.

As a result of these joint efforts, the department said it’s “pleased to note a steady decrease in the new infections amongst adolescent girls and young women (from 2000 to 1300 infections per week), early and unintended pregnancies (from over 99 000 in 2013 to 82 00 in 2017 pregnancies among learners).”

“Through the provision of sexuality education, the department endeavours to equip learners with the knowledge and life skills that will empower them to make informed decisions and choices to ensure that they live healthy lives and realise their full potential,” the DBE said.

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