Sex education could change under Labour Government

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 31 October 2013Sex education could be significantly changed under a future Labour Government.The issues to be covered in policy proposals will be debated at the Party’s annual conference this weekend.It’s proposed Labour enacts a national sex and sexuality education programme.It would see a minimum standard set for sex and sexuality education in the national curriculum – issues covered would include sexual diseases, contraception, consent, sexual orientation and gender identity. sex ed guidelines start at Year 1NZ Herald 2 November 2013Teachers of students as young as 5 will soon have access to new sexuality education guidelines addressing issues such as identity and relationships.The guidelines commissioned by Family Planning are designed to help teachers of students in Years 1 to 4, and will cover body parts and differences between boys and girls – but not sex.Co-author and Canterbury University education lecturer Tracy Clelland said the guidelines focused on identity, self-worth, friendships, relationships, being confident in yourself and expressing emotionsPasifika Principals’ Association president Unasa Enosa Auva’a said any discussions around sexuality and relationships “cut to the heart” of Pacific families. “From a Pasifika point of view, this is an issue for our parents. Our parents need to be involved in teaching their children, particularly at the primary level.”What Year 1 students will learn• Working together as a class to create a safe classroom environment• Discussing the meaning of respect and showing respect for others• Describing themselves and their relationships with others, including similarities and differences• Describing themselves in relation to their gender• Exploring and sharing ideas about friends and classmates• Using ‘I’ statements to express ideas and feelings• Identifying body parts, including sexual parts• Discussing changes to the body and ways to care for the body