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Whole School Approach for sexuality education: step-by-step

Reach more young people with better sexuality education. That’s the aim and result of the Whole School Approach, developed by Rutgers. A step-by-step manual for this approach is now available for agencies who facilitate schools in providing sexuality education in low resource settings.

With the Whole School Approach, the school takes full control over implementation of sexuality education. Moreover, it creates support for this important but sensitive subject of everyone in and around the school, including parents, health providers and government officials. In this way, the impact increases and becomes more sustainable.


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The Whole School Approach manual called ‘We All Benefit’ describes the steps to implement and improve sexuality education at schools, create ownership of all involved and increase the coverage of students. The manual also contains useful checklists, tips and a toolkit to raise the impact of the approach.

Rutgers would like to register the users of the manual and ask them to provide feedback for further improvement. Therefore, we kindly ask parties interested in the manual to fill in the application form. To get a picture of the content of the manual, please see the preview.

Download the Whole School Approach manual

Download the Quick Guide in English

Download the Quick Guide in French



To support you with the implementation of the WSA, a toolkit has been developed. Within this toolkit there is an assessment tool, which we’re pleased to have now made an open source. Enabling schools to independently evaluate their own Sexuality Education and broader school environment across our five outcome areas, with additional attention to the Gender Transformative Approach.


The Whole School Approach started in 2012 at twelve schools in Uganda and Kenya and has been further developed since then. Extensive research shows that the approach is highly effective in reaching more students with quality sexuality education and building support from school staff and parents for maintaining this curriculum. The approach also proves to be successful in creating a safe and respectful school environment, leading to a better academic performance by the students. Schools even report that the lessons become a reason for students to attend school. Besides, more girls attend sexuality education due to this approach. Read more about this in the following document: 

Four years later, we commissioned dedicated research to gain insight into how the WSA is continuing to function in Uganda and Kenya. Find the reports in full below: