O3 and O3 PLUS 2021 Annual Review and Partners’ Meeting

Published on 02/05/2022
Johannesburg, South Africa

The Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future (O3) Programme is holding its Annual Review and Partners’ Meeting in Johannesburg South Africa and virtually from 4 to 6 May 2022.

The O3 programme supports countries to work towards a Sub-Saharan Africa where adolescents and young people are empowered, healthy and resilient and have the capacity to reach their full potential and contribute to the development of their community, country and region.

2021 marked the third year of implementing the O3 programme - the largest comprehensive sexuality education programme in Africa, covering 33 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. It was also the first year of implementing the O3PLUS programme. The O3PLUS programme (2021-2024) targets young people in higher and tertiary education institutions (HTEIs). Working closely with relevant regional structures, national ministries, higher and tertiary education institutions (HTEIs), and key partners, UNESCO supports innovation in access to life skills-based sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services for HTEI students while advocating for policy and practice changes to make campuses safe and inclusive learning environments for students and staff.

Through the generous support of the governments of Sweden, France, Switzerland, Norway and Ireland, and the Packard Foundation, these programmes align with current efforts by UNESCO to address the intersections of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 (education), SDG 3 (health), and 5 (gender equality) and contribute to a sustainable future for Africa’s children and young people. The O3 supports the delivery of good quality comprehensive sexuality education that empowers adolescents and young people and builds agency, while developing the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and competencies required for preventing HIV, reducing early and unintended pregnancies, and eliminating gender-based violence.