When we talk about sex education, We’re talking about teaching young people about sex, sexuality, relationships, and how to make informed decisions regarding their sexual health.
It’s all about equipping them with the knowledge and skills to navigate this tricky terrain.
Here’s the thing: sexual education in public schools aims to provide accessible, accurate, inclusive, and positive information to children and teenagers, with the ultimate goal of helping them have healthy sexual relationships while avoiding the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies.
A truth we should all come to accept is that merely educating students about abstinence won’t cut it. Research shows that comprehensive sex education that covers safe sex practices and pregnancy prevention is far more effective.
Why Comprehensive Sex Education Should Be Taught in Schools?
Here are some reasons why comprehensive sex education should be taught in schools:
1. A staggering number of teens are already having sex: An unavoidable truth of this present generation is that teenagers as young as 15 years old are already engaging in sexual activities. We can’t ignore this reality. Instead, let’s empower them with the knowledge to make responsible choices.
2. Abstinence-only education isn’t foolproof: Teaching teenagers about abstinence-only does not guarantee that teens will abstain from sex. So, why not provide them with a well-rounded education that includes information on safe options?
3. Good sex education encourages abstinence: A sound education on sex and all it entails gives teenagers a well-rounded knowledge in that field. When young people are armed with knowledge about the consequences of their actions, they are more likely to think twice and make wise decisions.
4. Teens need to know about the safe options available to them: Providing information about contraception, STD prevention, and consent empowers them to take control of their sexual health, and allows them to decide the best path to follow.
5. Youths need to start safe and stay safe: Comprehensive sex education sets the foundation for a lifetime of informed decisions and healthy sexual behaviours. It equips them with the tools they need right from the start. This will also help in their quest for sex when the time is right.
A Balanced Approach
Now, keep in mind that comprehensive and inclusive sexual education in schools has been proven to be beneficial for young people. Research has shown time and time again that it doesn’t increase the likelihood of teens having sex. So, let’s debunk that myth once and for all.
But then, it’s not just the responsibility of schools and teachers. Parents play a critical role in helping their children develop healthy attitudes and behaviours around sex. It’s time to break the taboo. Parents shouldn’t shy away from having these conversations with their children. By opening up dialogue at home, students can feel more comfortable talking about their concerns and seeking guidance when they need it.
Imagine a world where students have the knowledge and skills to protect themselves from danger. That’s the power of sex education. It’s not just about avoiding child molestation but also about creating a safer and more informed society.
So, let’s keep pushing for comprehensive sex education in schools. It’s time to break the silence and equip our young people with the tools to make educated decisions about their sexual health and well-being. The world will be a better place for it.
Researched by Olamide Opebiyi