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CVC and partners held fruitful discussions with the Minister of Education and Youth, Sen. Ruel Reid, Chief Education Officer, Mrs Grace McClean and Acting Permanent Secretary, Barbara Allen on issues of adolescent sexual and reproductive health and the need for Comprehensive Sexuality Education in the Health and Family Life Education curriculum. The team shared data on the early age of sexual initiation of adolescents in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean and the research evidence of the effectiveness of CSE on reducingearly  sexual behavior, pregnancy and STIs among the adolescents and therefore on school retention and achievement. Civil society members comprising the team were Dr. Carolyn Gomes, Executive Director, CVC; Ms St. Rachel Ustanny, CEO, Family Planning Association and FAMPlan intern Ms Georgia Venner, Ms Kandasi Livermore, Mr. Mr. Patrick Lalor and Mrs Marilyn Thompson of Jamaica AIDS Support for Life, Mr Dervin Osbourne of Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network and Ms Carol Narcisse, CVC Communications Advisor.
The Ministry officials expressed a keen interest in facilitating further joint consultation with other stakeholders,involving youth in the completion of the HFLE curriculum, and civil society involvement in the further capacity building for teachers and assisting in much needed research.

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