12 January 2018

Kenya: Why NGO Wants Rollout of Sex Education Stopped

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A wooden box of condoms.

A lobby group is urging the government to review the proposed sex education curriculum, terming it destructive and un-African.

A petition against Comprehensive Sex Education was presented by an NGO to the Ministry of Education in Nairobi seeking to stop rollout of the curriculum in Kenya.

"Comprehensive sex education is a highly controversial, rights-based approach to sex education that encompasses a great deal more than just teaching children and youth about sexual intercourse and human reproduction. (This) curriculum is more destructive than Boko Haram or Al-Shabaab," Ms Ann Kioko, the campaigns manager for CitizenGo, told journalists after she presented the petition and 4,024 signatures from Kenyans against the introduction of the curriculum.

Ms Kioko claimed that the sex education was developed in the United States and would bring with it norms that are not accepted in African society.

NEW CURRICULUM

"Children from the age of five years will be taught about masturbation, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement and community, contraceptives and abortion. This is Africa, it is not acceptable," said Ms Kioko.

She further explained that the approach taken to teaching the new curriculum would take away the parents' authority in children's lives and give a bigger role to their teachers instead.

She suggested that stakeholders come together to find a more local and responsible approach to the subject.

"We should teach them about abstinence. The curriculum should say that virginity is still fashionable," said Ms Kioko.

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