Information for Young People

History of CSE in Malawi

Comprehensive Sexuality Education for Out of School Youth started long time ago, around mid-90s in Malawi but in different forms. Predecessors to CSE were Life Health Education in late 90s, Family Life Education (FLE) in early late 90s to 2000s, Population Education around 2001 to 2005 and then Life Skills Education from around 2006 to 2012. CSE in its current form was developed from around 2016 until today and has gone through several refinements. The current framework started being implemented in Malawi in 2018.

What is Out of School Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Comprehensive Sexuality Education refers to curriculum based education that approaches sexuality and relationships among young people with information that is; gender and rights-based; age appropriate; culturally relevant; scientifically accurate; realistic; and non-judgmental.

What does the Package Contain?

The Malawi OOS CSE Package contains but not limited to the following:

  • CSE Programming Guide also known as CSE Framework
  • Out of School CSE Manual (Facilitator’s Manual and Participant’s Workbook)
  • TOT Facilitation Guide
  • 4 Info Pamphlets (Social Media Safety, Youth Friendly Health Services, Human Rights and HIV Testing)
  • Male & Female Condom Demonstration kits
  • Posters
  • iCAN Package (Manual & Workbook for YPLWHIV)
  • SYP Edutainment Music Album and Music Videos
  • TuneMe mobisite:
  • Upcoming CSE Manual for Young People with Disabilities (Breaking the Silence)
  • Amaze Video Clips

The OOS CSE Package is complemented by the following packages:

  • Parent-Child Communication Manual
  • Safe Spaces Mentorship Manual

What policies exist or were developed to support it? 

CSE is delivered through the following frameworks both nationally and internationally:

  • ICPD Programme of Action (1994)
  • ESA Ministerial Commitment on CSE and YFS (2013)
  • UN International Guidance on CSE Vol 1&2 (2009)
  • UNFPA Operational Guidance (2014)
  • International Technical and Programmatic Guidance on Out of School CSE - 2020
  • Malawi Youth Policy (2013 but under review)
  • Out of School CSE Programme Framework

Government and CSO involvement

Currently the following institutions are the main implementers of CSE in Malawi:

  • Ministries of
    • Youth and Sports
    • Education (Life Skills Education)
    • Health (YFHS)
  • Civil Society Institutions
    • Malawi Girl Guide Association (MAGGA)
    • Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO)
    • Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM)
    • Population Services International (PSI)
    • Centre for Alternatives for Victimized Women and Children (CAVWOC)
    • Plan International (Malawi)
  • District Councils
  • Youth Organizations, Clubs and Networks

How is OOS CSE Delivered?

The OOS CSE package is delivered through Youth Lead Facilitators. These are trained young people who play an important role in community-led approaches and they remain vital in providing CSE education within local communities especially young people who have limited opportunities in acquiring right and factual content that can help their lives.

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