In my over two years of Relationship Coaching, I have found evil in society and it is alarming, which is the lack of sex education. Parents, guardians, and caregivers have failed in this aspect and if we don’t try to change the narrative, the generation after us will be worse than it is now.
Due to religious and societal prescriptions, many parents find it so bizarre to have conversations about sex with their young ones. They often make the mistake of thinking that having such conversations will corrupt the minds of the young ones. But the sad news is, as they fail to have such discourses, the inquisitive nature of man always makes these young ones seek other alternatives where they could learn about things older ones fail to educate them on.
Fundamental conversations like SEX are avoided between parents and children. Even up till now, I still hear young ones telling me that they are parents who still frown at them if they ask questions about sex or see their wards reading educative content on sex. These parents are living under the illusion that their young ones know little or nothing about sex. And that is why you will hear parents vouching for the virginity status of children.
Parents believe that since they are not talking about the forbidden subject matter ‘sex’, their children–both young and old will not know about it and hence, they will not be involved in the ‘evil’. But let me burst your bubbles, YOUR CHILDREN ARE DOING IT. And because you always shut them out when they bring up conversations about it, they will allow you to wallow in what you believe.
So, today, I want to focus on parents and guardians, as I educate them on the need to educate and have conversations on Comprehensive Sexuality Education.
What is sex education?
Sex education involves teaching young people skills and information about bodily development, sex, sexuality, and relationships to help them communicate about sex and make informed decisions about their sexual health.
It is crucial to note that sex education should be provided to students at all grade levels, with instruction catered to their developmental stage and cultural environment. Among other things, it should cover topics like relationships, sexual assault prevention, body image, gender identity, and sexual orientation. It should also cover puberty and reproduction, abstinence, contraception, and condoms.
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In a world where HIV/AIDS, STIs, unintended pregnancies, gender-based violence (GBV), and gender inequality continue to pose serious dangers to young people’s wellbeing, comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) is essential for preparing them for a safe, fulfilling life.
People who participate in sex education are also given the information, abilities, and inspiration they need to make responsible choices about their sexuality and sex. Even in the Gen Z era, many young people receive conflicting, unfavorable, and muddled messages about sexuality as they approach adulthood. Parents and teachers’ embarrassment and silence can sometimes make matters worse.
Lastly, Comprehensive Sexuality Education aids in the development of accurate and developmentally appropriate knowledge, attitudes, and skills in children and adolescents. It also promotes the development of positive values, such as respect for human rights, gender equality, and diversity. Because it can help young people reflect on social norms, cultural values, and traditional beliefs, Comprehensive Sexuality Education is especially important for helping them understand and manage their interactions with classmates, parents, teachers, other adults, and communities.
This is a wake-up call to parents, guardians, and stakeholders to give importance to conversations on Comprehensive Sexuality Education.