Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sexuality education for Children

On October 22 and 26th I blogged about the report on ‘Comprehensive sexuality education’, which was debated in the third committee of UN General Assembly in New York this week. My Blog of Oct 26th relates how strong opposition to the proposal to sexualise children from an early age sent the clear and unambiguous message to those countries and organisations pushing the agenda that there is no such right as an 'internationally recognized right to comprehensive sexuality education'!

Consequently, the UN Special Rapporteur’s attempt to advance sexual rights around the world by claiming that there is an international right to “comprehensive sexuality education” was thwarted. This was a victory for common sense but we all need to be vigilant because this agenda is already being pursued in many countries and attempts are being made to introduce it to children at an early age. The tendency is to do so gradually first between the ages of 10-12 and then claiming the need to lower the age to those at the beginning of their school years

In Ireland for example a booklet entitled ‘Busy Bodies’ was issued in 2007 by the Health Promotion Department of the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) South, and funded by the then Crisis Pregnancy Agency (now called the Crisis Pregnancy Programme, and incorporated into the Department of Health). The booklet is addressed to children in 5th and 6th class of primary school (between 10 and 12/13 years of age). In a note to parents and teachers it is stated that:
‘This booklet is meant to complement the ‘Busy Bodies’ DVD, which your child will probably have seen at school. The booklet and the DVD are used in 5th and 6th class of primary school, as part of the Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE) programme. This programme is an integral part of the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) programme, which has been part of the school curriculum for a number of years. … Basic information about sexual reproduction is also given. …’
It is, and it is appallingly graphic. I wonder how many parents are aware of the existence of this booklet, and I wonder how parents know that the booklet, and the DVD, will have been given to and shown to their children while they are in school?