Importance Of Sex Education In Schools
This article aims to break the barrier and talk about the importance that sex education hold in today’s world. In many parts of the world, including India, sex education is still only a part of the curriculum on paper. There are not many schools and boards which consider sex education of vital importance and still perceive it as a taboo. Sex education or sexuality education is a field of health education where adolescents understand about the reproductive structures of men and women, menopause and birth. They are made to learn and appreciate the difference in developmental changes of the two genders and interpersonal relationships. Why then, it is difficult for parents and teachers alike to educate adolescents about such an imperative topic?
In the age of computers and social media, teenagers are curious about sex, and it is an important task for schools and parents to encompass correct concepts of sex in their children rather than this job being done by any magazines or indecent sites. Sex education is not only important from a biological knowledge point of view; it has been seen through many statistics that children who were better informed about sex, gained incremental knowledge about the horrors of sexual exploitation and were able to protect themselves better. Sex education provides a platform for young people to clear their mind boggling thoughts about sex and give a better understanding of humanity, reproductive rights, self appreciation, and the physiological and emotional aspects related with it. Educating children about safe sex and protection methods have been proven useful in curbing sexually transmitted diseases to a great extent.
Parents across the globe are hesitant in giving their children sex education due to various reasons, which majorly include preservation of virginity, avoiding premarital sex, pregnancy and abortion and in the name of maintenance of their family honor, religion and culture. But various surveys and studies have proven the facts completely opposite to these; it has been found that boys and girls who were not sexually educated presented a much larger fraction of sexual indiscretion than sexually educated adolescents. It is true in every sense that parents are best teachers but due to the eerie nature of this topic, schools should come forward and take it as their utmost responsibility to impart sexual education in their students. School should hold holistic, well planned and developed counseling programmes with main focus on sexual abuse, understanding sexuality and gender roles, effects of pornography on adolescents mind and decision etc. One other important aspect which should be covered by well- taught counselors is understanding the sexual identity, where young people can identify themselves as gay, lesbian and bisexual and are confident about their choice and do not face biasness from members of the society. All these programmes should be interactive, student centered, engaging and empowering to young people.
It is important for both the developing and advanced countries to make sex education an important agenda. It is only through educating our children that we can protect them from horrific experiences of sexual abuse and exploitation. It is also important for raising well informed adults who have increased ability to make positive and health-enhancing decisions.
So, it’s time we speak up, about sex, and our rights before it gets too late.