SA must embrace sexuality education

2020-01-22 06:02
Thapelo Molefi Social Observer

Thapelo Molefi Social Observer

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There has been an uproar surrounding the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) curriculum that has been proposed by the Department of Basic Education.

Images that are being linked to the implementation of the CSE in schools have been circulated.

Such images have – rightfully or wrongfully – ignited a debate around this matter, with many fighting its implementation.

In a world where information is widely available, it remains the responsibility of citizens to differentiate between facts and bogus information.

Ideally, family is the most important unit of life from which the child first gathers knowledge.

An ideal African family consists of a mother, father and children. The fortunate still have their grandparents.

Such a family is responsible for modelling good conduct to its offspring. It also bears the responsibility of breaking the ice where issues of sexuality are concerned.

However, a mother and a father do not necessarily constitute an average South African family.

Instead, families mostly include a mother, grandparents, aunties and children. Some families are even child-headed in the aftermath of a death.

consist of children staying alone, often referred to as child-headed families, because of the aftermath of death.

In these circumstances, who is responsible for teaching children about issues of sexuality?aving said that, one might be able to argue ask that in such circumstances, whose responsibility is it to teach

The availability of information amongst school-going children is also a worrying factor. Such information regularly consists of half-truths and lies.

Something needs to be done.

Learners need to be taught about sexuality. It is not sex education as the media had purported.

The school, as a centre of knowledge, is duty-bound to fill this vacuum by implementing the CSE curriculum.

The Department of Basic Education presented the benefits of this curriculum to the portfolio committee on 17 September.

  • It was stated that CSE will increase the knowledge regarding different aspects of sexuality, risks of early and unintended pregnancy and the spread of infectious diseases.

It will also aim to prevent the early sexual debut amongst school children by teaching them about the dangers involved. When they reach the age of maturity, available contraceptives will also be discussed.

The CSE curriculum will teach not only the learners, but the teachers and community at large, about embracing people of different sexual orientations.

We need to embrace the implementation of CSE in schools – because know­ledge is power. Hopefully, if our learners are armed with the correct information, they can face challenges like infectious diseases and unwanted teenage pregnancies head-on.

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