CRHE and other stakeholders have dedicated their lives to ensure that young people especially the girl child is equipped with necessary, relevant, and appropriate skills and knowledge required for their development into responsible citizens. It is with great concern that Evangelical Fellowship (EFZ) of Zambia has deliberately decided to mislead the public on the content of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) without facts. We have noted with concern that EFZ has continued publishing the wrong information resulting in unnecessary confusion and panic among Zambians.
We would like to challenge EFZ and Bishop Dr Joshua HK Banda to explicitly state what their concern is with the CSE curriculum content and to stop taking advantage of the position to mislead the parents and the public. Have they had an opportunity to interrogate experts at Ministry of General Education to enable them issue such misleading remarks? The world has evolved and there is need to be dynamic and improve its curriculum to meet the needs of young people in the 21st century. These early pregnancies and risk behavior require a concerted effort by all stakeholders to develop a curriculum that has been tested and based on facts .
Finally, as CRHE, we appeal to the Government through the Ministry of General Education who are the custodians of the curriculum to take leadership and provide the correct information to the public on the contents of the CSE curriculum in Zambia which is different from the one that is being circulated by EFZ and their partners. The accusations and attacks on CSE by EFZ supported by Family Watch International do not apply to Zambia.
In countries where similar campaigns organized by Family Watch International have been launched based false information, it has helped when Government provides the correct information to the public.