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A new approach for sexuality education in the European Region: ‘Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe’

A new approach for sexuality education in the European Region: ‘Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe’

The “Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe” were developed by a group of 20 experts from nine European countries under the guidance of the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) in Cologne, Germany and the WHO Regional Office for Europe. The Standards are an important instrument to overcome huge differences in quality and scope of sexuality education in the European region. In many countries sexuality education concentrates solely on the communication of biological facts, neglecting social and psychological aspects as well as skills. This one-sided orientation and the poor quality have negative consequences for young people: many countries are recording substantial numbers of sexually transmitted infections, teenage pregnancies and sexual violence.

The Standards are based on a positive interpretation of sexuality, which they consider to be a part of physical and mental health, and on the acknowledgement of sexual rights. Topics as HIV/AIDS, unintended pregnancies and sexual violence are embedded in all-embracing education that focuses on the self-determination of the individual and people’s responsibility for themselves and others. Furthermore the ‘Standards’ are based on the assumption that holistic sexuality education needs to start at birth, continue through childhood and adolescence into adulthood. The new guidelines not only indicate what information should be given but also which specific skills children and young people should acquire, and which attitudes should be promoted at specific age periods.

For a pdf version of the Standards, go to www.bzga-whocc.de

Conference: WAS Glasgow 2011
Areas of Interest / Categories: Sexual Violence, WAS 2011

WAS 2011

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