Semin Reprod Med 2022; 40(03/04): 193-198
DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-1742336
Review Article

School-Based Education: An Opportunity to Promote Equitable Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Knowledge

Ruth Walker
1   Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Monash, Australia
Jessica Fields
2   Department of Health and Society, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Jen Gilbert
3   Faculty of Education, York University, York, Canada
Deana Leahy
4   Faculty of Education, Monash University, Monash, Australia
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All young people are entitled to knowledge and support that protects their sexual and reproductive health. School-based education is the most opportune setting for young people to have equitable access to sexual and reproductive health education. However, there is room for significant improvements in the provision of sexual and reproductive health education globally, and a range of barriers to be addressed. The Global Standards for Health Promoting Schools is a framework for governments, policy-makers, and schools to ensure that all students receive sexual and reproductive health education and support that promotes their sexual and reproductive health and overall health and well-being. The Global Standards for Health Promoting Schools acknowledges that school environments, partnerships, governance, policies, and resources are ultimately influenced by government resources and policy, and that advocacy and meaningful action across each standard is required.

Publication History

Article published online:
13 July 2022

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