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
“What would be the quality of education without totality in the approach? If in Chemistry, one is taught the chemical properties of two elements, one is also taught that mixing the two would lead to a third compound. Scientific education builds up one’s logical reasoning. Why deprive an individual of the reasoning when it comes to Adolescence Education Programme? Give a young person the freedom to be able to access information and services and to make own informed choices. Stop human rights’ violation.”
Radhika Mathur, 21 , Jaipur
“Our leaders, both political and religious need to understand that rise in abortions, HIV use of contraceptives (which is in a way harmful due to continuous use) among young people is due to ban on sex related education. This is reality! Hope we will be heard politically and religiously.”
Peter F. Borges, 30 years (Human Touch), Nagpur
“Comprehensive sexuality education shouldn’t be about the biological, physical part of the act alone. It needs to encompass discussions on emotions, consent, safety and in this light be an avenue through which young people can discuss and shatter gender and sexual stereotypes that stifle our progress as intellectual beings.”
Mirna Guha, 23 years , Kolkata
“The hypocrisy surrounding sexuality education in India is mind-boggling. 50% of Indian children are sexually abused and Maharashtra has refused to move forward on a sexuality education curriculum. So we can have sex with kids, we just can’t talk to them about it? Boom.”
Ryan Beck Turner, 24 years, Pune
“Sexuality education is required not only to inform young people about safe sex and protection from HIV and STDs, but also to break the taboo around the issue, to make people comfortable about their body, identity and sexuality.”
Rachit Sai Barak, 19 , Gurgaon