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UN sponsored sex education program in Zambia faces rejection

– – A sex education program being sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Zambia has been rejected by top government officials. UNFPA on its website said the comprehensive sexual education project includes scientifically accurate information about human development, anatomy and reproductive health. It added that the project also covers information about contraception, childbirth and sexually transmitted infections. But Zambia’s minister for religious affairs Godfridah Sumaili is reported by local media as saying the program promotes gender identities, sexual orientation and reproductive health rights alien to Zambia. “Zambia…

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South Africans fume over leaked sex education curriculum

South Africans are fuming over a leaked version of the new 2020 life orientation curriculum. The curriculum is an updated sex education content expected to cover lessons on private parts, masturbation and explicit direction on using female condoms. Students from Grade 4 and up are said to be targeted in this leaked curriculum. Teachers have served notice of possibly boycotting the new school curriculum. They are unhappy with content of the curriculum that requires them to teach pupils in Grade 7 about masturbation and to describe to Grade 8 pupils…

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Ghana’s CSE debate: Formalizing the known or corrupting innocence?

Skye O’malley! That was the first historical romance novel I remember reading as a child. It’s a 496 paged book about the eponymous lead character who was as fierce in business as she was in the bedroom. I was in class five when I read this novel which translates to me being 11 years at the time. My folks liked the fact that I was an avid reader. I read everything from African Writers Series, Nancy Drew Files, Sweet Valley, Harry Potter, Mallory Towers as well as the usual culprits:…

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Ghana’s sexuality lesson for pupils sparks controversy

Ghana’s decision to introduce Comprehensive Sexuality Education in public schools has sparked controversy. Education service officials have said that beginning next year, pupils in all public schools, including five-year-olds, will receive Comprehensive Sexuality Education lessons. The Ghana Education Service argued that, the subject will empower pupils with values that would protect them from sexual harassment. But some parents and local groups are kicking against the initiative. The local group National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values argued that some texts and modules in the curriculum resonate with…

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