(KPL) Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) plays a central role in the preparation of young people for a safe, productive, fulfilling and empowering life, live freely from HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), unintended pregnancies, gender-based violence (GBV) and gender inequality.
Despite clear and compelling evidence for the benefits of high-quality, curriculum-based CSE, it is often being criticized and misunderstood.
Today we will take you through 6 facts about CSE that will make you understand and be more comfortable about this topic.
- CSE isn’t ONLY about sex
When we talk about Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE), people are reminded of teachers talked about puberty, safe sex, etc. and showing those uncomfortable “naked body” pictures. If it isn’t only about sex-education, what is CSE then?
- CSE doesn’t encourage teens to have sex early
Good and comprehensive sexuality education doesn’t encourage teens to have sex early, it helps them delay their first sexual experience, and decrease the likelihood of HIV infection or early pregnancy. It builds communication and negotiation skills and empowers young people to decide when and with whom to have sex, or to say if they don’t want to.
Evidence has also shown that even those that have already had sex, the education approach helps reduce risky sexual
- Learning CSE gives more than what can be found online
Curiosity about sex and sexuality is
Families are an important source of information, but schools also play an essential role in delivering structured education that focuses on objective scientific information, and the development of skills. It is best delivered by trained teachers, in school when children are also with their peers.
- Primary school students should know about CSE
Primary school students also need information that is appropriate for their age. CSE is based on the principle of age – and developmental-appropriateness, reflected in the grouping of learning. CSE lays the foundations for healthy childhood by providing children with a safe environment to learn the correct names for parts of the body; understand principles and facts of human reproduction; explore family and interpersonal relationships; learn about safety, prevention and reporting of sexual abuse etc.
CSE also provides children with the opportunity to develop confidence by learning about their emotions, self-management (e.g. of hygiene, emotions,
- CSE is culturally appropriate
In fact, Comprehensive sexuality education is adapted to the culture and country’s context, UNFPA had been working closely with the Ministry of Education and Sports on the curriculum revision; numbers of consultations were organized with full participation of experts and teachers; to identify learning objectives, activities and contents, words and key messages are adapted appropriately to the learners’ culture.
- CSE isn’t only between boy and girl
Teaching these topics supports inclusion and respect, prevents violence, and encourages the learning and overall health and well-being of all students—especially those who may identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)— by ensuring that all students are deserving of dignity, respect, and inclusion.
In August 2019, 110 teachers from lower and upper secondary schools in Bokeo province were trained by the master trainers of the Ministry of Education and Sports on the revised of CSE teacher’s manual aligning with the national subjects such as biology, population studies
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