Firstly I want to thank Margaret for giving me the floor to speak on this particular topic. I’m glad to be part of your journey here on “maggy’s thought”.
It’s not a strange thing that we feel a little uncomfortable when we’re having “the talk” with our kids. What I find strange is the fact that we actually treat the subject of discussion (sex) like some ominous or forbidden thing when in truth is basic knowledge for every other human being.
This problem isn’t confined to just Kenya, Nigeria or Africa as a whole but it’s more of a global issue.
Sex education should be compulsory in all state secondary schools. As a matter of fact, given the importance of sex education in the life of the average person, I think sex education should be stressed on more by our schooling system
pupils are not being prepared for adulthood and so are vulnerable to sexuality related issues in the future.
Age-appropriate SRE (sex and relationship education) should be an essential part of the curriculum for all young people, and I must add that, parents also have their role to play in this aspect of their child’s learning.
Young people’s dissatisfaction with SRE
- “A lot of us are turning 16 and it’s legal to have intercourse, we need to be educated about signs of an abusive relationship emotionally.” 15-year-old girl.
- “Sex was still regarded as a taboo subject and the teachers seemed uncomfortable talking about it. The whole concept was approached purely biologically with no regards to relationships at all and was pushed into a few lessons at the end of term alongside drugs education.” 15-year-old boy
- “I was sexually abused and no-one told me what was done to me was wrong. We got stranger danger and how to cross the road and that was it. He was my granddad. I didn’t like it but didn’t know it was wrong but thought I should be embarrassed as I thought it was my fault. If I had known it was wrong and that I could say something and someone had listened, it might have stopped earlier or I might have told before I did.” 16-year-old girl
Source: Sex Education Forum
On an abstract note:
Adolescents are at a high risk for a number of health consequences associated with early and unsafe sexual activity including infection with HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies. The amplified sexual risk-taking behaviour among adolescents culminates into thinking that perhaps lack of knowledge pertaining to sex and sexuality provokes adolescents into undertaking sexual risks. Consequently.
This is the first part of SRE related articles. I’m working on a project to help create awareness for SRE, understanding sexuality and gender roles which will be premiering here on “maggy’s thoughts” so buckle up and stay tuned.