International SexEd Day
WRITE TO YOUR GOVERNMENT!
To ask to enforce the guidelines issued by UNESCO experts in favour of sexual education from the age of 5, including information about masturbation. #WriteToYourGovernment
TO ALL GOVERNMENTS OF THE WORLD: We request that the UNESCO report on sexual education be re-issued, respecting the recommendations from the experts' studies, and that these fundamental principles be implemented by governments.
In December 2009, UNESCO published a scientific report containing international guidelines on sexual education compiled by a team of experts who analysed more than 80 studies before reaching their conclusions.
These guidelines, which are for teachers and health professionals, consist of educational goals set out according to the age groups of 5-8 years, 9-12 years, 12-15 years and 15-18 years, and include subjects such as the importance of relationships, the importance of pleasure, sexual diversities and reproductive sexual health.
However this report, compiled by experts and evidence-based, has been diluted following pressure from religious organisations who have had the teaching on masturbation removed.
The only ones qualified to decide on the educational content are the experts in sexual education, all of whom, like the Raelian Philosophy, acknowledge the importance of not feeling guilty about pleasure, and the sole concern should be the healthy development of the children, up to their coming of age and beyond, without any interference from the religious beliefs of their parents.
This is why we request that the governments of all countries enforce the guidelines issued by UNESCO experts in favour of sexual education from the age of 5, including information about masturbation. A lack of sexual education is harmful and no one can ignore the devastating effects that taboos and prejudice towards sexuality have on our deeply conservative societies.
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UNESCO (2009). International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education : An evidence- informed approach for schools teachers and health educators. http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0018/001832/183281e.pdf
UNESCO (2015). Emerging Evidence, Lessons and Practice in Comprehensive Sexuality Education, a global review. http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002431/243106e.pdf
UNFPA (2014). UNFPA Operational Guidance for Comprehensive Sexuality Education : A Focus on Human Rights and Gender. www.unfpa.org/sites/default/files/pub-pdf/UNFPA_OperationalGuidance_WEB3.pdf
UNFPA (2015). The Evaluation of Comprehensive Sexuality Education Programmes : A Focus on the Gender and Empowerment Outcomes. www.unfpa.org/sites/default/files/pub-pdf/UNFPAEvaluationWEB4.pdf
World Health Organisation (2010). Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe. www.oif.ac.at/fileadmin/OEIF/andere_Publikationen/WHO_BZgA_Standards.pdf