American University School of Public Affairs
Grants to American University School of Public Affairs
2012 (Duration 2 years, 9 months)
Population & Reproductive Health
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Offering comprehensive sexuality education in schools can be difficult to achieve, due to political sensitivities in acknowledging the sexual activity of unmarried young people. This project will use a comparative case study method to examine the reasons for greater or less success in implementing sexuality education programs, with a focus on the political factors involved rather than on the health outcomes achieved. Several states in Nigeria will be studied; also, for an Africa-US comparison, the research will include the state of Mississippi. Expected outcomes include not only better understanding of how advances have been made in the past, but also recommendations for improved future advocacy.
The MacArthur Foundation awarded American University School of Public Affairs $300,000 between 2010 and 2013.