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Comprehensive Sexuality Education, the Necessary E

Author:
Mensah Ebenezer
Date:
2021-10-13 20:11:27


Ghana is vigorously debating on LGBTQI+ an unfamiliar sexual orientation and preference.
Ghana one of the most Religious tolerant in Africa deem LGBTQI+ as a threat to humanity and proper human right.
Most denominations made their stance when there was a call to support LGBTQA+ activities emerged.
Churches and law makers has formed an alliance to fight against LGBTQA+ and it related activities.
The name on people’s mind is Sam “Dzata” George who is courageously leading the famous Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill.
The famous Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill proposes Proper Human Rights and Ghanaian Family Values but when pass to law will make the practice of same-sex, support or campaign for LGBTQI+ rights online like social media a criminal act and up to a 10 year jail term is on the table of anyone who does contrary to the Bill.
As a Democrat state, I wish we revisit the COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION, modify it to suit our needs and human right.
Every young person will one day have life-changing decisions to make about their sexual and reproductive health. Yet research shows that the majority of adolescents lack the knowledge required to make those decisions responsibly, leaving them vulnerable to coercion, sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy.
Comprehensive sexuality education enables young people to protect and advocate for their health, well-being and dignity by providing them with a necessary toolkit of knowledge, attitudes and skills. It is a precondition for exercising full bodily autonomy, which requires not only the right to make choices about one’s body but also the information to make these choices in a meaningful way. And because these programmes are based on human rights principles, they advance gender equality and the rights and empowerment of young people.
Key facts about comprehensive sexuality education
1. Comprehensive sexuality education does not lead to earlier sexual activity or riskier sexual behaviour.
2. In fact, these programmes reduce risky behaviours: About two thirds of evaluations show reductions in targeted risky behaviours. About 60 per cent of programmes had a positive effect on at least one behavioural or biological outcome, such as increased condom use or reduced unplanned pregnancies.
3. Studies of abstinence-only programmes are either inconclusive or show abstinence-only education to be ineffective at improving health outcomes.
4. Delivering high-quality comprehensive sexuality education requires training and support.
5. Addressing gender and power issues also leads to better health outcomes.
6. To be most effective, curricula must be tailored to the specific context and needs of young people.
7. Engaging parents and communities as part of this education is critical. Sexuality education is most effective when school-based programmes are complemented by community-based initiatives.

Sources: https://www.unfpa.org/comprehensive-sexuality-education#summery105875

The Ghana government abounded it’s plan for the Comprehensive Sexuality Education after majority Education stakeholders descended on the government for including The Comprehensive Sexuality Education in the new Standard Based Curriculum but I humbly suggest the county on consensus should revisit the inclusion of Comprehensive Sexuality Education in our curriculum for future as LGBTQI+ activities seems to be taking grounds Globally.

Ebenezer Mensah
A Concerned Teacher
@_EbenezerMensah on Twitter

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