Disability-inclusive comprehensive sexuality education in Asia and the Pacific: an assessment of teacher needs

Case Studies & Research
UNESCO Office Bangkok
93 p.

People with disabilities deserve equal access to high-quality education, including comprehensive sexuality education (CSE). However, misconception and stigma about disability and poor access to sexual and reproductive health services hinder young people from obtaining high-quality CSE, including in formal education. To further explore these issues, UNESCO Bangkok and Leonard Cheshire, together with the Disability-Inclusive Education in Asia-Pacific Working Group, carried out a needs assessment in Asia-Pacific countries of the experiences and professional learning and development needs of teachers for providing CSE to learners with disabilities. Through qualitative and quantitative data collected across Asia-Pacific countries, with focus on Mongolia, Nepal and the Philippines, the study analyzes available evidence on teacher training approaches and training tools, documents teachers’ own perspectives of their training and support needs, and proposes recommendations to diverse actors on enhancing opportunities and addressing gaps to ensure that all learners have access to inclusive, quality CSE.