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Exploring global attitudes towards sex education

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When is a child old enough to learn about sex? Twelve? Eight? Five? And what exactly should a child be taught?

These questions are at the heart of a growing controversy over a proposal by Unesco, the UN agency for science, culture and education.

It believes sex education, of some kind, is needed for children as young as five and that schools should not shy away from discussing topics such as masturbation and abortion.

They are just guidelines but they are causing a stir around the world.

Newshour hears from the UN official in charge of drawing up the guidelines, from parents, young people, and educators from different countries and cultures about the appropriate way to talk to children about sex (or to avoid talking about it, as the case may be).

First to Egypt. How does it handle the conflicting demands of religion, culture, and a modernising society when dealing with sex?

The BBC’s Yolande Knell reports from a café in Cairo.

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Sex education a must in schools: Experts

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The recent announcement by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal while he was addressing a galaxy of educationists and intellectuals of  six states during the concluding session of a seminar organized by education cultural development trust, Punjab, at Chandigarh that a new subject dealing with character-building and personality development would be introduced in school curriculum as a substitute to sex education, has drawn a mixed response. Residents and different boards feel such training is the need of the hour, while, at the same time, they express the opinion that sex education is a must.

RS Patial, principal, DAV Public Senior Secondary School, said, ‘In my school, I regularly conduct seminars and workshops for students covering this important aspect of life. And I tell them it is a way to communicate frankly and one should not hesitate on this count. When there are inhibitions, problems start.’

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How to talk about the birds and bees without offending

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Discussing sex and sexuality, HIV/AIDS and responsible sexual behaviour with adolescents is a topic that makes most teachers and parents squeamish and also has community elders fuming. How should one get over the prudishness and disapproval and also make the topic interesting and interactive for the students?

Though adolescence education is a part of the school curriculum, it faces a major hindrance in the form of objections from some community elders and parents who feel it will promote licentiousness among the children, said experts.

Incorporating the “cultural sensitivities” of people into adolescence education is necessary, but at the same time it is a topic that should be discussed by educators who are liked and trusted by the students so that they can feel free to share their doubts and queries on the subject, said experts at a seminar organised by three UN bodies — UNFPA, Unicef and Unesco — here Friday.

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