A Comprehensive Sex Education is required to be given to the people of the society, especially to the teens or adolescents, as they are the ones having growing sentiments and emotions, as compared to others. A comprehensive sex education consists of instructions on issues of human sexuality, sexual desire, sexual activity, safe sex, birth control and sexual abstinence.
SEX EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS
Schools are the place where people are imparted with education on various subjects. With subjects like Mathematics, Science, History etc, knowledge should also be given on the topic of sex.
As it is said ‘the stronger the base the stable the structure’, likewise if we start education people or start making them aware about Sex Education from their very basis, then in the later ages their life would be more stable. In most of the foreign schools, Sex Education is primarily introduced in grades 7 through 12, although some schools have addressed it as early as in the 4th grade but this is not the case as in India.
Now, with the increasing need of imparting sex ed. to people few places around the world have taken a step forward to impart such knowledge to youth as well as to adults. Places like UK, Canada, Boston, New Zealand, China, Indonesia and much more.
Let’s have a look at the contribution of few places in imparting sex education to people:
1. NEW ZEALAND
Government health officials in New Zealand announced a plan to improve youths’ sexual and reproductive health not only by increasing access to education for teenagers but by educating community leaders about problems faced by the country’s younger population.
The government is funding such initiatives in Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, and Kiribati — regions of New Zealand where sex ed is especially lacking.
The Personal, Social, and Health Education Association (PSHE ASSOCIATION) has instituted an education program to teach sexual contents to students as young as 11 in England. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) states in its report that, in 2014, over “7000 sexual assault cases against children aged 13 or younger, and more than 4000 rape cases of children under the age of 16” were recorded by the police, which proves out to be horrible.
Participation in the PSHE program for children who are 11-16 years old, is not mandatory for schools, but we can only hope that more and more schools should try and adopt this program into their curriculum.
In the last of April of this year, 5 Indonesian Civil Society Organizations hosted a large conference subjecting comprehensive sex education for the nation’s youth. The event took place in Jakarta and called for community members and government leaders to support it.
The motive of the conference was to use comprehensive sex education as a weapon against the increasing sexual assault towards teenagers.
Ontario, Canada has adopted a new program for middle and high schools that will teach same-sex relationships, gender identities that go beyond the binary, sexually transmitted diseases, and masturbation- among other topics.
SEX EDUCATION: WEAPON TO REDUCE HIV
HIV is a virus that is today most commonly transmitted through sexual intercourse. This virus attacks the body’s immunity system badly and can even be found in blood, bodily fluid or body tissues. One of the most common reasons for being affected by HIV virus is unprotected sex.
Comprehensive Sex Education is considered to be an essential weapon against the transmission of HIV and it should include both education regarding abstinence and use of contraception and condoms.
In America, 89% of the population believes that it is important for young people to have information contraception and prevention of STIs and that sex education should focus on how to avoid unintended pregnancy and STIs including HIV.
BENJAMIN SPOCK, Dr. Spock’s baby and child care said;
“Does sex education encourage sex? Many parents are afraid that talking about sex with their teenagers will be taken as permission for the teen to have sex. Nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, the more children learn about sexuality from talking with their parents and teachers and reading accurate books, the less they feel compelled to find out for themselves.”
There have been quite a few number of public talking on sex education by various personalities. Dr. V. Chandra Mouli is one of those who shared his knowledge with the masses on sex education.
Dr. V. Chandra Mouli works for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health(ASRH) in the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research. Besides his work, he likes to share his piece of knowledge with others and try to educate them about sex and how to be safe.
Pros And Cons Of Sex Education
Nothing in this world is crystal clear, impurities are attached with everything or I should say that there is no such thing in the world which does not have its own disadvantage.
Likewise, I’ve been telling you that sex education is a boon for the society but that doesn’t mean that it does not have it’s drawbacks.
Here are the pros and cons of sex education:
State Sex Education Laws
The state sex education laws are not common among all the states as they vary largely among the states.
Most states have laws that address some form of sex education in schools, depending upon what should and what should not be taught and whether parents can prevent a child from receiving sex education.
In a majority of the states, parents have the right to restrict the child from receiving sex education, whereas in other states parents consent is required for a child to take sexual education classes.
In the states where currently no state sex education laws exist, sex education policies can be found in their district manual or department manuals.
The states addressing sex education in school, topics may include:
- HIV/AIDS STD-related information
- Reproduction, including description of the male, female genitalia
- Contraception, including the instructions on the proper use of condom and diaphragm
- Sexual Orientation
In the end, I would just like to say that;
“SEX being the best pleasure of your life, can give you the worst disease of your life. Either feel proud to be educated about it, or feel like a fool by avoiding it all your life.”