Have you ever felt that some things in the education system could be done differently? Ever felt like you should have a say in how things are done? Felt like you can make a difference, or that you should make a difference?
Ever felt that whom you marry should be your decision? That you should be free to understand your body and sexuality without guilt, shame or fear? That information about and access to condoms and contraceptives should be available freely? That it’s time to have equal standards for all genders? That your sex and society should not define whom you date or love?
This is your chance. To tell us what you think. This is our chance to be heard and to speak up.. So that we can tell the government what young people want. So that we can tell the government that sexuality education is needed! Or If you disagree - tell us why!
Take the comprehensive sexuality education survey! Click here! It only takes 2 minutes! Why?
Because young people have the right to receive information on sexuality and relationships ….Because 78% of young people who are less than 20 years don’tknow about safer sex……Because over 50% of children in India are sexually abused according to a recent government study…Because 49% of girls in India get married before the age of 18 years…….Because nearly 45% of all new HIV infections in the country are in people under 25 yrs old……..
And yet, we are still struggling to make comprehensive sexuality education available in schools across the country. The Central Government along with UN agencies, NCERT and NACO launched the Adolescence Education Program in 2005 which was subsequently banned by several Indian states who felt comprehensive sexuality education is against Indian culture and is not needed by our young people. The curriculum was labelled immoral and too explicit. The curriculum has been subsequently revised and hopefully would be made public by next week.
This is a campaign to unite young people’s voices on their need for comprehensive sexuality education, to discuss how we want this education implemented and to review the current curriculum. Many people have had a say in whether sex ed is needed. The government, NGO’s, teachers, Right wing fundamentalists. The only people who haven’t spoken out is Us. Young people.
This is our opportunity to have a say in how things are done for us. It is our chance to show that we are equal partners in our own development and that we need to be a part of the governance process. It is our chance to speak up and make a difference. So, browse the site. Read. Learn. Express. Share. Discuss. This is your space. This is your campaign.
Know Your Body – Know Your Rights.
And don’t forget to fill out the comprehensive sexuality education survey! It only takes 2 minutes! Spread the word for there is strength in numbers!
The Campaign Team