Although Peru agreed to provide comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) to all of its young people when it signed onto the Montevideo Consensus in 2013, the country’s public policy still does not guarantee it through a student’s lifetime.
Founded in Lima in 1991, Instituo de Educación y Salud (IES, or “Institute of Education and Health”) is working to change this policy and to make CSE more accessible to young people. They are advocating with government officials, building the capacity of teachers to tackle challenging topics, and garnering support among young people and adolescents for CSE.
IES works with health professionals, government organizations, community leaders, and youth groups to address cultural norms, including gender roles, and foster access to sexual and reproductive health information and services.
IES has a long history of working in local communities and has made important inroads with educational officials, as well as local and regional officials from health and social services departments. IES’ staff members are experts on adolescent health, especially HIV/AIDS prevention and CSE, and have worked on a variety of initiatives including a policy on improving access to HIV/AIDS services for adolescents, a non-discrimination policy in schools for young people living with HIV/AIDS, and a monitoring tool for evaluating CSE.