Statistics reflecting a national trend
A survey was led, with the help of young advocates from 9 BRAC districts, to determine the extent to which sexual and reproductive health education is taught in 6th grade, 9th grade and 10th grade textbooks.
According to the survey, 67% of educational institutions offer physical education and health lessons to students in grades 6th, 9th and 10th. In 24% of educational institutions, classes are taken by teachers of other disciplines such as general science, mathematics, Bengali, religious education and librarianship. On the other hand, this chapter is not covered in 9% of educational institutions and when it comes to access personal hygiene products, sanitary pads and lidded trash cans were only provided in 14 schools (31%).
These figures reflect how CSE is a topic that is taken into account in some Bangladeshi schools even if tackling this issue among young people aged between 10 to 19, who represent more than a fifth of Bangladeshi’s population, remains uneasy.