Rethink Sex Education
We provide age-appropriate, inclusive, meaningful and relevant social education for grades K-12.
We believe that social and sexual health education is a joint responsibility of educators, parents and youth.
We Know What Works And What Doesn’t.
We have several ways to deliver our programs to your students. Book a discovery call with us today to determine which way best suits your needs.
The All Inclusive Package
This package employs a ‘Train the Trainer’ Model, where staff members at the school are the ones delivering the material. This creates a wrap-around model of care that is second to none.
In Person à la Carte
With this package, one of our certified* Sexual Health Educators visits your School and delivers the material. School staff are responsible for teaching supplementary materials and follow up.
As the world now has the largest-ever generation of children and young people, the delivery of comprehensive sex and health education has never been more important.
School-based sex education plays a vital role in the sexual health and well-being of young people.
It is essential that sexual health education effectively empowers people with the information and skills to enhance their well-being and sexual health and by including individual, interpersonal and positive aspects of human sexuality.
Similar to math, establishing an early foundation in which new learnings inclusive of developmentally appropriate material and teaching is imperative to long term development of knowledge, attitudes, and skills that support healthy sexuality.
“Teaching young children about sexual health and wellbeing – in age and developmentally appropriate ways – means teaching young children over years about things like consent, body safety, gender norms, gender identity, intimacy, and healthy relationships. It looks like teaching about how to be a good friend, how to say ‘no’ to unwanted touching, it means knowing our body parts and how to keep your body safe”.
Schools are the only educational body to have meaningful and mandatory contact with nearly every young person, and therefore have a unique opportunity to deliver sex education to children, youth, and young adults.
Children must learn about public/private boundaries – understand their privacy and appropriate public behaviours.
There is “strong evidence that young children can develop self-protective knowledge, skills, and intentions, including an increased likelihood of reporting sexual abuse and knowing how to respond in a dangerous situation, all without increasing anxiety”.
“We recommend the more explicit inclusion of sexual consent in health education curricula via the identified themes that already exist in most or all standards, emphasising the importance of teaching young people about the nuances of sexual consent and its communication before they become sexually active”.
Young children are, in fact, quite capable of understanding and discussing issues related to gender diversity, including gender expectations, gender nonconformity, and gender based oppression.
Not only are younger children able to discuss sexuality-related issues but that the early grades may, in fact, be the best time to introduce topics related to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, gender equity, and social justice related to the LGBTQ community before hetero- and cisnormative values and assumptions become more deeply ingrained and less mutable.
Cohen et al. (2012) found that the majority of Canadian elementary school teachers surveyed viewed comprehensive sexual health education as important and believed that it should start in elementary school.
Studies of parents’ attitudes towards school-based sexual education show that the majority of parents are supportive and appreciative (Milton, J, 2003). In fact, Canadian research shows that 90% plus of parents support school-based sexual health education.
It is also important to note that sexual health education in schools may be the only sexual health education some children receive.
Sexual education is a part of the teaching-learning process that addresses cognitive, psychological, physical and social aspects of sexuality. The purpose of sexual education is to provide people with knowledge, abilities, attitudes and values that will help them to have good sexual health, well-being and dignity.
There continues to be much concern about Canadian students’ access to sexual health education within their schools’ health education programs. [The] UNESCO guidelines provide key concepts, topics, and technical guidance about sexual health-related topics that are advisable for students in all grades, including for those students in Kindergarten/Primary (K/P).
Providing young children with the right information from the start will help to eliminate misinformation, stigma, and shame surrounded in sexual and reproductive health and rights issues.
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