Comprehensive Sexuality Education
By Jude Chukwuemeka
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November 20th is Universal Children's Day which is meant to improve child welfare worldwide, to promote and celebrate children's rights, to promote togetherness and awareness among world's children.
Morning Crossfire today highlights issues that are of growing concerns to parents on the teachings of sexuality in Nigerian schools.
According to the United Nations Educational, Wemimo states, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), comprehensive sexuality education is a curriculum-based process of teaching and learning about the cognitive, emotional, physical and social aspects of sexuality.
Its primary aims are to equip children and young people with knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that will empower them to realize their health, well-being and dignity; develop respectful social and sexual relationships; consider how their choices affect their own well-being.
It is essential to note that experts advocate for the need to teach proper sex education to children. However, comprehensive sex education is believed to be the radicalized version of it.
Comprehensive sex education was developed in the United States of America and is so fast growing that it reaches into African countries.
Chinelo Ujubionu says government is doing a lot about the issue of rights for the Nigerian children. She asks: “But are they communicating with the parents so that their consent would be sought? Are the parents in the know as regards to what is right or wrong? Can we help parents to achieve the goals of the United Nations?” These questions, according to Ujubionu, are important.
Further, she outlines a problem. “If you’re telling me that my child has a right to have sex at the age of four, and you tell me it’s a child’s right, I beg to disagree.
“Let me give you an example. I have children who go to school and they bring their textbooks home for me to look at. One in particular is my ten-year-old child, who is in primary six. She brings home her basic science, social and technology textbook home. The first thing she asked me was mommy, who is a spinster, and who is a bachelor? So, I asked the child to give me the book and the first thing I saw was for her to give an advice to a bachelor or a spinster on extra-marital affairs. What does a child of this age know about affairs?
“This is what they teach our children and should the children also be learning such thing as how to engage in pillow talk, how to masturbate? These information were in that same textbook. This is why I’m saying that when we have rights, we should be mindful of what kind of right we are talking about."
COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION IN NIGERIA
Morning Crossfire with Wemimo Adewuni (@wemimospot) & Sheriff Quadry (@SheriffQuadry), alongside Rotimi Sankore (@RotimiSankore)