THE ESSENTIALITY OF SEXUALITY EDUCATION

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Posted July 18, 2021 from Nigeria
THE ESSENTIALITY OF SEXUALITY EDUCATION
Open discussions on sexuality is imperative for not only health and wellbeing of young people but also linked to the breaking of biases which tends to limits their competencies.

                                       

Sexuality Education in my clime is erroneously viewed as promoting unhealthy sexual relationships among young people which unfortunately is not the case. Sexuality Education seeks to equip young people with life skills and values needed to determine and enjoy their individuality.  It views femininity/masculinity holistically as a part of young people‚Äôs emotional and social development while also  recognizing that information alone is not enough as Young people need to be given the chance to develop positive attitudes and values critical factors necessary for actualization of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  If properly adapted, Sexuality Education can be a very powerful tool in making young people obtain faultless information  about Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, build vital skills such as critical thinking,  effective communication and negotiation, self-development and decision-making; sense of self; confidence; assertiveness; ability to take responsibility; ability to ask questions, analyze issued from a balanced point of view, bolster  unfaltering  attitudes and values, including open-mindedness, respect for self and others, positive self-worth/esteem, comfort, non-judgmental attitude, sense of responsibility in addition to understanding  antics of sexual predators who use subtle means in carrying out acts of Sexual Violence. Open discussions on sexuality is imperative for not only health and wellbeing of young people but also linked to the breaking of biases which tends to limits their competencies.

 

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Jill Langhus
Jul 19
Jul 19

Hi Oluwatoyin,

How are you? I wholeheartedly agree. Keep up the great, essential work you're doing, dear.

Hope you have a good week.

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Jul 26
Jul 26

Thank you Jill, appreciate the compliment

Jill Langhus
Jul 26
Jul 26

You're very welcome, dear:-) XX

megsmueller
Jul 20
Jul 20

Hello dear. This is such a vital education for the sole purpose of development on all levels. I remember a time when I felt uncomfortable to ask questions, as a youngster. Thank you for breaking that cycle my dear. Good job!

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Jul 26
Jul 26

Thank you. Appreciate your comment

KABAHENDA KIGGUNDU
Jul 21
Jul 21

Dear Oluwatoyin,

Thank you very much for raising this very important issue.
I could not agree with you more. The more the girls know about their sexuality, the more empowered they will be to make informed choices.
Sexuality education has been viewed very negatively in Africa and other parts of the world.
I encourage you to raise awareness among parents, educators and administrators so that the can buy into your idea.
More power to you! All the best.

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Jul 26
Jul 26

I very much agree

Beth Lacey
Jul 23
Jul 23

you are so right! there are many, many people who should read this.

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Jul 26
Jul 26

Thank you Beth.
I would appreciate if you could share the link with them
I am also open to speaking about these issue on local, regional and global platforms.
I would also be appreciative if you could share opportunities with me.

ARREY- ECHI
Jul 24
Jul 24

Hello Oluwatoyin,
Good evening. Hope you are doing well.I am in agreement with you on the importance of sexual education. In addition to all the above, such an education will be a protection for the kids in so many ways and will help them easily be able to identify and shout for help in case of a rape attempt.
Keep up the good work.

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Jul 26
Jul 26

Thank you Arrey
I very much agree

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Aug 09
Aug 09

Greetings Oluwatoyin,
thanks for writing to help our young people about sexual education early on in their lives. Parents should be at the forefront of educating their daughters and sons about this important topic but unfortunately many do not and schools are left to the task. We as educators hope to fulfill our responsibilities to help in any way we can.
Keep up the good work which is so greatly needed in communities that are impoverished in Nigeria, much success to you and the many students this educational program will benefit.

Mama Queen